Eat to Beat Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural process that allows your body to defend itself against infection, illness, or injury, as a part of the healing process. However, inflammation can be harmful when it persists over a long period of time and becomes chronic. Some conditions linked to chronic inflammation include Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.

Change what you eat

The foods that you consume can have an effect on inflammation on your body. A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help you combat inflammation.

On the other hand, certain foods may accelerate the inflammation process in your body.

Incorporate the following foods into your diet.

  • Berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
  • Leafy vegetables such as spinach, collards and kale
  • Whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice and whole-wheat bread
  • Nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts and pecans
  • Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines
  • Herbs and spices such as turmeric, garlic and black pepper
  • Olive oil

Limit your consumption of the following foods.

  • Sweetened beverages such as soda and juices
  • Fried foods such as french fries and nuggets
  • Processed meats such as sausages, burgers and bacon
  • Processed snacks such as chips and crackers
  • Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white pasta and baked goods
  • Unhealthy fats such as margarine, lard and shortening
  • Alcohol