Inflammatory vs Anti-Inflammatory Foods

May 10, 2021

Inflammation. Inflammatory foods. Anti-inflammatory diet. Chances are that you have heard of at least one of these terms in relation to health and diet. 🤔

But what exactly is an anti-inflammatory diet? Or inflammatory foods? And how do they apply to a healthy lifestyle? Let me explain. 👍

When anything that enters your body that your body recognizes as foreign (like pollen🌼, a chemical🧪, or microbe🦠), your body produces what is called an inflammatory response. When it's directed at something that truly threatens your health, it can save help protect you. 🤒

But inflammation isn't just limited to being caused by viruses or allergies; certain foods, especially heavily processed ones, contain chemicals and additives that can trigger an inflammatory response in your body. These include foods like:

🍩Refined carbs
🍟Fried foods
🌭Processed meats

Over time, the built up bouts of inflammation can lead to chronic inflammation in your body if you aren't careful about your food choices. Chronic inflammation is linked to many health diseases and conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer's. 🤕

But worry not! 😁 One of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation doesn't come from a pharmacy⚕️, but rather a grocery store🍎! For as many foods out there that can lead to inflammation, there are just as many if not more natural whole foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. These include foods such as:

🫒Olive oil
🥗Leafy greens (spinach, kale, collards, etc)
🍣Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna)
🥜Nuts (almonds, walnuts, others)
🍒Fruits (most berries, oranges, cherries)

Maintaining a diet with mostly anti-inflammatory foods and limiting the inflammation causing ones will lower your risk of diseases and keep your mind and body in top shape. 💪

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