How To Fight Inflammation!
In the next few weeks I will be posting on the subject of inflammation. Sounds sexy right? No, not really. But really important if you want to understand why so many of you and your friends are constantly tired and sick with achy joints, foggy head, IBS, Gerd, rashes, auto-immune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, over weight, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
So what is Inflammation? There is acute inflammation that is the body's natural response to protect itself from infection. When the response is prolonged, it leads to chronic inflammation, a sign that the immune system is stuck in overdrive.
You might be asking yourself what causes inflammation? Some common causes are:
Poor digestive health
Lack of sleep
The good news is that a lot of research shows that a lot can be done to prevent these issues from taking over your body. The biggest needle mover starts with your diet. It all starts with your gut, which is designed to fight viruses and bacteria in food before they infect the body. There are many culprits in the typical American diet. But the best way to offset the damage and cool inflammation on a cellular level is to eat a diet comprised of anti-inflammatory foods.
Here is a list of anti-inflammatory foods.
Omega 3-fatty acids
Spices & herbs
Leafy greens & cruciferous vegetables
Here is a list of inflammatory foods.
Polyunsaturated vegetable oils (safflower, soybean, corn, and sunflower)
Preserved dried fruits
So where do you go from here. Why don't you make a food diary for a couple of days. You'll start to see a pattern of which foods you tend to eat or gravitate to. Much of your diet won't be a surprise to you. I bet most of you already know what needs to go from your diet. It is just a matter of taking action. Figure out which one or ones you would be willing to give up or which food is your biggest culprit. Start helping yourself by eliminating this food or instead of eating the inflammatory food everyday, reduce it to once a week, then once a month until you can eliminate it altogether.
It is not too late to start to improve your diet, which can have a profound effect on how you feel and your health. Start eliminating some of these inflammatory foods from your diet. In a few days I'll be back to help you stay on track and break down the anti-inflammatory foods that you should have in your diet.