Updated: Feb 10
Inflammation is a natural process that helps your body heal and defend itself from harm. It's the way the body protects from infection, illness and injury. As part of the inflammatory response, your body increases its production of white blood cells, immune cells, and substances called cytokines that help fight infection. Certain lifestyle factors, especially habitual ones, can promote inflammation. Consuming high amounts of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is particularly harmful which can lead to insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity.
If you want to reduce inflammation, eat fewer inflammatory foods and more anti-inflammatory foods. Base your diet on whole, nutrient-dense foods that contain antioxidants and avoid processed products.
Here are some foods to avoid or limit that cause inflammation in the body -
Sugary Beverages: soda, fruit juice
Refined carbs: white bread, pasta, etc.
Desserts: Candy, cookies and ice cream
Here are some food to eat that are anti-inflammatory to the body -
Vegetables: broccoli, burssel sprouts, cabbage, califlower
High-fats: Avocado, olives
Nuts: Almonds and other nuts
So overall, it's best to consume a variety of nutrient - dense foods that reduce inflammation.