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Inflammation

Research has shown that chronic inflammation can be the cause of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even Alzheimer's. It requires an ongoing immune response as your body tries to heal the injury.


The interesting thing that scientists and the medical community are learning is that there are many foods that cause chronic and systemic inflammation, meaning inflammation throughout your body. There are also plant foods that help treat inflammation in the body.


If we look at the foods that trigger inflammation, we can look at the foods that help to prevent and reduce inflammation. First though, do you know what inflammation is? It's when something in your body becomes irritated and your body's immune system has a response. Generally, with acute inflammation the response is helpful and protective.


Chronic and persistent inflammation is another story though. Let's say you sprain your ankle. It swells up to three times its normal size. Why? It's a protective mechanism that immobilizes your ankle and the damaged tissues. Fluids as well as specific types of cells flood the area as a way to try to repair the damage. With chronic and persistent inflammation, though this process doesn't end. The reason the majority of us don't see the damage brought on by chronic and persistent inflammation is that it lives inside the body. It's in your digestive system, your cardiovascular system as well as your body's organs.


JUNK FOOD AND INFLAMMATION

Quite simply, the chemicals, fats and processed sugars in junk food can create inflammation. They cause your digestive system to become inflamed, as well as your heart and cardiovascular system, as well as other organs.


ALLERGIC FOODS

Foods that you're allergic or sensitive to can have a similar effect. For example, if you have a gluten intolerance or a condition like Crohn's, then you endure inflammation in your gut.


WHAT FIXES IT?

There are plant based food categories that combat inflammation. You're probably eating many of them on a regular basis. Fruits, nuts and seeds, leafy greens, tomatoes and olive oil are all plant based inflammation fighters.


Steer clear of junk unhealthy processed food and eat a diet rich in nutrients, and you'll stand a better chance of staving off disease and increase your chances of living a long and healthy life.


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