How to Reduce Inflammation with Food

What inflammation in the body is, why it's important, and ways to reduce it

Inflammation is your body's response to harm, such as toxins or injuries. One type of inflammation, called acute inflammation, can be very helpful as it can allow us to fight off infection or heal a part of our body. Chronic inflammation, however, is longer lasting and can be dangerous to our health.

Learning about inflammation, and what foods may be causing it for you, is incredibly important as certain kinds of inflammation have been linked to diseases, cancer, and more. Below is a short guide of foods to avoid when looking to reduce inflammation, and which foods to potentially include more of. As with everything, not one way of eating works for everyone, and the lists below are just general guides to follow for anti-inflammation.

* Important note: I am not a doctor and I always recommend checking with your doctor before making any dietary changes.

Common food causes of inflammation:

- Refined sugar

- Dairy

- Processed meats

- Trans fats

- Refined carbohydrates

- Artificial flavors

- Artificial preservatives

- Fried foods

Natural anti-inflammatory foods:

- Turmeric

- Fruits (especially berries, such as blueberries or strawberries)

- Nuts

- Veggies (especially leafy greens)

- Tomatoes

- Green tea

- Flaxseeds

- Chia seeds

More tips on reducing inflammation:

- Limit stimulants such as alcohol and coffee

- Limit processed meats and dairy

- Focus on whole foods

- Include more fruits and veggies

- Get enough sleep and rest

- Incorporate antioxidant foods (such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries cacao nibs, goji berries, kale)

Ready to start fighting off inflammation? Check out my anti-inflammatory smoothie on the blog:

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