What is inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s natural process of protecting us from injury or infection. Inflammation is generally a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful.

Types of inflammation:

  • Acute inflammation is a rapid response triggered by injury or infection. The body’s immune system works to restore balance within a few hours or days.
  • Chronic inflammation occurs when the immune system response fails to remedy a problem. This type of inflammation can last for month or even years. If this continues, white blood cells begin to attack healthy tissues, resulting in a chronic inflammatory response. This type of inflammation is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Signs of chronic inflammation:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Redness of joints
  • Frequent infections
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Weight gain

How to Reduce Inflammation:

Eating real whole foods that are rich in phytonutrients has been linked to reducing chronic inflammation.

Anti-inflammatory foods:

  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Berries
  • Leafy Greens
  • Whole grains
  • Healthy fats
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon

Anti-inflammatory recipes:

 

Foods that cause inflammation:

  • Dairy
  • Refined grains
  • Processed oils and fried foods
  • Sugar
  • Sugar-sweetened or sugar substitute-sweetened beverages
  • Red meat and processed meat

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