Inflammation is your body’s reaction to healing. When you get a paper cut, your white blood cells rush to the cut site, stop the bleeding, begin the process of healing, and make a quick exit. This is known as acute inflammation. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is much more prolonged and contributes to ill health and disease.
A simple blood test, checking for the C Reactive Protein levels, will confirm, whether you are battling inflammation. It is believed that diet doesn’t affect inflammation. But it is a fad. There are many food items that contribute to inflammation.
So which foods contribute to inflammation?
If you are one of those people, who enjoy sugar in their tea, whipped cream with their pie slice, and potatoes in any form, then it is highly likely you are suffering from chronic inflammation. Other foods that are probably sitting around in your fridge, which contribute to chronic inflammation are:
- Processed cheeses
- Fast Food
- Deli Meats
- Hot Dogs
- Palm/Coconut Oils
- Refined Grains
Fat and Inflammation
Not all fats are created equally. It is commonly known that saturated fats, and trans fats, contribute to a variety of cardiac issues, such as heart disease, cholesterol, and stroke. But most people are unaware, that the omega-6 fatty acids found in sunflower and safflower oils, also promote chronic inflammation. Therefore, it is advisable to consume these oils in limited quantities. Fats from olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish are better choices.
A diet that is high in fats, contributes to significant weight, and potentially morbid obesity. The human body responds to excessive weight gain, via inflammatory responses.
What does an anti-inflammatory shopping list look like?
The next time you go shopping for groceries, consider purchasing the following health-promoting items:
- Whole grains: Steel cut oats, whole wheat pasta, multigrain bread, are common examples. Make sure you are able to see these grains in your food item.
- Colorful Vegetables and Fruits: You need to consume at least nine servings per day. Consider items with color, as these are high in phytonutrients. Some common examples include oranges, pumpkin, spinach, pomegranate, and bell peppers.
- Good Fats: Olive oil, nuts, salmon, flax seeds, are excellent choices.
At each meal, consider choosing foods from all the food groups, and combine this with at least thirty minutes of physical activity, such as walking, or light jogging.
Combining a healthy diet, with regular exercise, is the best way to combat the chronic inflammatory responses in your body.