Inflammation is bad for your health, and can lead to all kinds of problems if it becomes a chronic issue. Some reasons that can trigger chronic inflammation include smoking, obesity, alcohol and chronic stress. When we suffer from chronic inflammation our body can attack itself and this may lead to more serious issues such as: cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity or asthma. As you can see, avoiding chronic inflammation would be quite a healthy thing to do. Just a note, inflammation does have an important part to play when we are injured, or our body is fighting off an infection, however, we don’t want inflammation as a constant part of our life.
To treat this problem, we could take over-the-counter drugs, but that can lead to other health problems. As with most issues, it’s healthier to add to, or deduct from certain foods in our diets. Some of the foods you should avoid include: refined carbohydrates (white bread and pastry); all fried foods; red meat; processed meats – hot dogs, luncheon meats, alcohol, and an excess of refined sugars.
Foods that help to reduce inflammation include: olive oil (I recommend eating as little oil as possible – fats are not good for you), but extremely small amounts of olive oil can be beneficial in your quest to control chronic inflammation. Green leafy vegetables are excellent at fighting inflammation – so, spinach and kale would be a good addition to your diet. Tomato, fruits such as cherries, blueberries and oranges are great at this also. They also recommend fatty fish, but since I’m a vegan I would skip that suggestion, instead I eat the following: dark red grapes, broccoli, cauliflower, beans and lentils, avocado and nuts. The spices turmeric and cinnamon are also helpful.
So, as you can see, there are healthy ways to combat chronic inflammation. Eat well and live healthy!