Whitney Sophia

Anti-inflammatory foods

Posted on March 25, 2019

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation isn’t always bad, it is the body’s natural defense against damaged cells, viruses, bacteria, etc.  It aims to remove harmful or foreign invaders and heal itself.  There are two types of inflammation, one is acute, the other is chronic.  Acute inflammation starts quickly and generally disappears in a few days; chronic inflammation can last for months or years as a result of failure to eliminate the cause and minor, repeated exposure to the aggravating agent.

A poor diet, stress, minor food allergies and a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to chronic inflammation.

What Causes Inflammation?

Researchers believe that an overactive immune system results in the body being flooded with defence cells and hormones that damage tissues.  Dietary and environmental toxins may build up in the body, turning the immune system on and keeping it highly reactive.

Foods that promote inflammation are:

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Fibre, fruits and vegetables and teas are what need to be included in the diet.  Foods high in antioxidants help to reduce the damaged cause by inflammation.  Although weight-loss isn’t the focus of an anti-inflammatory diet, many do lose weight when following it.

How to Reduce Inflammation

  1. Eliminate all sources of inflammation from your diet. This includes rancid oils, sugars, conventional meats, pasteurised dairy, trans fats and sugars.
  2. Begin incorporating one new anti-inflammatory food to your diet each day. Don’t be afraid to try new things (see  PDF list below).
  3. Supplements can be a helpful part of an anti-inflammatory protocol however the requirements should be assessed and discussed with a qualified practitioner.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods PDF List

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