Although one type of inflammation can actually be helpful to the body, the presence of another type has the potential to fuel major illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, and many types of cancer.
If you have ever cut your finger, you have experienced inflammation. This “acute” inflammation triggers a response within your body to stop the bleeding and heal the injury. This type of inflammation is helpful and a necessary response for your body to be healthy.
But there is another form of inflammation that can be tremendously detrimental and could potentially cause pain and harm – “chronic inflammation“. This is the type of inflammation which has the potential to also fuel significant illnesses.
What can you do to help reduce chronic inflammation? Incorporating certain foods into your diet which have anti-inflammatory properties is one way to help. These same foods also support good heart health and even can potentially reduce cancer risks. Consider adding daily servings of these anti-inflammatory foods:
- Broccoli, Kale, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Mushrooms
- Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Grapes
- Extra Virgin Olive oil and Coconut oil
- Salmon, Sardines, Herring, Mackerel, and Anchovies
- Almonds and other nuts
- Bell peppers and Chili peppers
- Dark chocolate
- Turmeric, Fenugreek, Cinnamon, Garlic
- Green tea
- Red wine: Up to 5 ounces (140 ml) of red wine per day for women and 10 ounces (280 ml) per day for men.
Stay safe & be well,