One of the best ways to deal with inflammation lies not in the surgery but in the refrigerator. Not by chance are 70% of our immune cells found living in the digestive system, therefore our diet can be the most potentially dangerous element to our health.
The immune system attacks anything that the body recognizes as foreign organism, for example, harmful microbes, chemicals or dust. This process is called inflammation. Periodic inflammatory processes that occur in our bodies are aimed at these potentially dangerous “microbes” and work to protect our health.
Sometimes, however, the inflammatory processes are taking place in our body even at times when we are not threatened by any real pest. In such cases the inflammation become defenders of our health. Many diseases, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, depression, Alzheimer’s, etc., are associated with chronic inflammation.
If the immune system is triggered by bacteria in food or in the body there is an imbalance of important hormones such as insulin, creating conditions for the development of inflammation.
Choosing the right foods can reduce the risk of inflammation, but if you often eat “wrong” foods, the risk of inflammation increases.
Foods that increase the risk of infections
- Processed carbohydrates like white bread and pasta
- French fries and other fried foods
- Sodas and other sweetened drinks
- Red meat and processed meats (sausages, etc.).
It’s no surprise that the foods that increase the risk of infections (listed above) are generally accepted to be harmful to our health. Some of the foods that are associated with increased risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular problems are in the group of foods that lead to inflammation. This is logical, because the inflammation underlying the development of such diseases.
Unhealthy foods, especially when consumed in excessive amounts, lead to considerable weight gain, which in turn is a separate risk factor for the development of inflammation.
Foods that reduce the risk of inflammation
- Olive oil
- Leafy green vegetables
- Berries – strawberries, blueberries, cherries and oranges
Try to include as many as possible of these foods in your diet. They reduce the risk of inflammation and thus the development of chronic diseases. Pay special attention to fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, apples and leafy green vegetables, which are rich in natural antioxidants and polyphenols – the protective organisms present in plants.
The vast majority of chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases etc. Are due to chronic inflammation. Fortunately, they can be managed through proper diet and positive changes in lifestyle.
To reduce the risk of inflammation, include in your diet lots of fruits and vegetables, unprocessed foods, fish, whole grains and healthy fats such as olive oil. Such a diet will have a positive effect on your overall health, mood and on your lifestyle.
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