Inflammation impacts 98% of all disease, so let’s dive into the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet!
Inflammation is not the enemy, it’s the things that are causing chronic inflammation. That means we need to cut out a few things to minimize it and boost our wellness. An anti-inflammatory diet can help us do that…
Things To Cut Out
This one’s pretty obvious and most diets will cut these out. These are processed sugars, processed packaged food (think hot dogs and deli meats especially), fast food, and fried food. All these are loaded with toxins and preservatives that inflames the system.
Most grains (even whole grains) are genetically modified in our country. Grains include wheat, white bread, crackers, chips, tortillas …etc and they also contain lots of gluten. Gluten is a protein that can’t be broken down, so it just sticks to the inside of your system creating inflammation.
Nightshades contain a chemical found in peppers and tomatoes as well as specific fruits and veggies, like eggplant that can irritate the system.
Consuming too many fibrous foods such as nuts and seeds (including nut milk) irritates the system for some people with sensitivities.
Milk, cheese, and other dairy products are other inflammatory foods that will produce sinus issues as well as digestive issues for some.
Once you start eliminating these items from your diet, you’re allowing the system to relax, and most importantly HEAL!
What health issues can an Anti-Inflammatory Diet help with?
Gut & Digestion
Your gut is responsible for 80% of the inflammation in your body and most inflammatory foods create an over-abundance of acid, leading to acid reflux. Removing inflammatory foods heals the gut and gets the immune system healthy.
An anti-inflammatory diet is extremely beneficial for heart-related health problems because it lowers blood pressure (because you don’t have as much inflammatory effect) its also been shown to lower cholesterol!
Eating anti-inflammatory foods will help reduce risk factors for joint issues such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and pain & swelling because it decreases the inflammation in your body and allows it to move more freely.
The Anti-Inflammatory Bottom Line
Lowering inflammation in the body decreases your chances of cancer because it gives the body a chance to heal. This doesn’t mean that other low-sugar or low-carb approaches can’t work, but anti-inflammatory has some incredible benefits we should all be looking into ranging from boosting our antioxidant intake to lowering our risk for heart disease to combating obesity to just boosting our overall health and well-being!
Want to learn more about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet? Well… Then watch this video to find out How To Eat An Anti-Inflammatory Diet!
Hint: You’ll be seeing a lot of healthy fats like olive oil and omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, whole foods (especially leafy greens!), and general lifestyle modifications to fight inflammation and ultimately support a healthy weight