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 What is Inflammation?

 

Inflammation is a natural response of the immune system.

This response is intended to fight toxic compounds,

pathogens, and damaged cells. It affects the health and

functioning of everything from tissues to organs, including

the brain.

When this happens, the immune system stimulates the

production of cells, such as white blood cells, and proteins

to help eliminate the threat posed to the body’s natural

process and balance, often referred to as homeostasis.

These cells will help to reduce the risk of an outside invader

or help to repair any damaged tissue.

The process begins with chemical mediators called cytokines. These act as signals to recruit other parts of the

immune system to come help with the healing that is needed.

What Causes Inflammation?

When the body sustains an injury or faces an invader such

as a bacteria or virus, swelling is helpful and the body’s

natural system for solving the problem. Swelling is a part of

the healing process. The remarkable thing is that it begins

within a millisecond of the damage.

Being overweight or obese can potentially lead to inflammation that hinders your health. When you lose weight that inflammation eases up. Losing weight doesn't mean you have to run for hours or cut carbs cold turkey. A few simple adjustments to your diet can make a world of difference in combating inflammation.

Fall Salad

Nutrition tip! Chronic inflammation can be reduced by implementing a Mediterranean style diet.

Salmon Breast

Salmon is packed with omega - 3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation.

Strawberries

Berries contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

How do I Reduce Inflammation?

Well, besides avoiding getting stung by a bee, to combat chronic inflammation, you may want to try a Mediterranean-style diet. The Mediterranean-style diet includes many anti-inflammatory foods such as:

Good fats - avocado, coconut oil, Omega-3 rich fish like salmon and mackerel

Fruits – blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, raspberries, cherries, pineapple

Nuts and seeds – pecans, hemp seeds, almonds, chia seeds, flaxseed

Whole grains – brown pasta and rice, whole oats, whole grain bread

Vegetables – artichokes, leafy greens like spinach and kale, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot

Beans – chickpeas, lentils, soybeans, peas, kidney beans, black beans

Herbs and spices – turmeric, garlic and cinnamon

Dark chocolate – it’s high in antioxidants! It's good for your body and your soul ;)

​• Water - Don't even get me started on how important water is! Staying hydrated is crucial to flushing out toxins and irritants from the body.

Addition by Subtraction. 

Before patting ourselves on the back for implementing anti-inflammatories into our diets, we also need to watch out for foods that can pull an "Uno-reverse card" on us and potentially induce inflammation. These foods include:

 • Processed sugar. Generally, anything that ends with "-ose": Fructose, glucose, sucralose. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states processed sugar triggers the release of inflammatory boosting cytokines

Saturated fats. Predominantly animal sources found in cheese, red meat, pizza and butter

Processed meat. Hot dogs and burgers and processed ham, oh my!

Trans fats. The Harvard School of Public Health highlighted trans fats' link to systematic inflammation. Trans fats are found in fast food, donuts, cookies and partially hydrogenated oils

Refined carbohydrates. Scientific American suggested that refined carbs may be even more sinister than fats. This group of foods is basically white carbs – white bread, fries, crackers, white rice and so on

Sugar-free alternatives. Maltodextrin, acesulfame K, sucralose, and other 'sugar-free' favorites are all on the naughty step here. Aspartame, for example, is nutrient-negative and is a chemical - your body doesn’t know how to process it and spikes inflammation

Alcohol. Used in moderation, no problem. But excessive consumption disrupts liver function. So yes, feel free to party rock (responsibly).

Pile of Donuts

Processed Sugar triggers the release of inflammatory boosting cytokines.

We can expand more on these lists, however it is important to remember that every BODY can have sensitivities or allergies to foods that are considered healthy. An anti-inflammatory diet is

not "one-size fits all." 

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Even though I would love to say that eating all that good food and getting rid of inflammatory food is all we need to do but that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to healthy living.

Many have seen a significant change in inflammation from adding supplements to their diet. Speak to one of our nutrition coaches about adding supplements to your diet.

It's not just about what we eat, it's also about how we eat. Consider intermittent fasting for you weight-loss journey. Read about intermittent fasting here.