What exactly happens to your body when you consume an inflammatory diet?
Inflammation is your body’s response to injury or infection. For example, if you cut your finger while chopping vegetables, your immune system unleashes an army of white blood cells to protect you from harmful pathogens.
Chronic inflammation (a state many people are in), often begins with a similar cellular response but morphs into a constant state. When unaddressed, this can lead to stress, weight gain, bloating, more injuries, and decreased immune system. Even toxins like cigarette smoke or excess fat cells (especially around the belly) can trigger inflammation.
The most common illness from inflammation comes from a build up of fatty plaque inside our arteries. This causes inflammatory cells to cover and wall off the plaque from the flowing into the bloodstream. However, the plaque may rupture, mix with blood, and form a clot. These clots are what cause the majority of heart attacks and strokes.
While many people take prescription medication for their chronic inflammation. One of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation is being mindful of what you eat. What we put in our body is a form of communication on how we want it to behave. Many people are disconnected from how their body feels day to day and assume that being tired, bloated, and stressed is normal.
You can reduce your risk for illness and even reverse some of the damage caused by an unhealthy lifestyle by eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Continue reading for more information and the free grocery list download!
Foods that Cause Inflammation
- Refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasties & pastas
- Fried foods
- Red Meat
- Soda and other sugary drinks
- Margarine, shortening, & lard
- Nuts like walnuts and almonds
- Fatty Fish like salmon, tuna, cod & mackerel
- Olive Oil
- Green Leafy Vegetables
- Fruits like cranberries, blueberries, cherries, & oranges
Of course, nothing beats an overall healthy balanced diet with exercise. But incorporating some of these foods can help strengthen your immune system against inflammatory illnesses.
To help make this easy, I put together a anti-inflammatory grocery list for you to download and print. Put it on your fridge for reference!
Let me know in the comments what foods you will add to your diet!