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How Food Can Impact Chronic Inflammation

By January 15, 2019 No Comments

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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