Inflammation. An ugly and uncomfortable feeling of achy joints, bloating, sluggishness, a general blah feeling. But do you know what kinds of foods cause inflammation? And what effect it has on your body? Inflammation is your body's response to invaders, and it demonstrates that your body's white blood cells are working hard to fight for you.
Inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors, such as an insect bite or an autoimmune disorder. However, it can also be caused by the foods that you eat, and eating these foods regularly can create poor outcomes in your body. So, what are these effects? Foods can be a trigger for inflammation, which is the worst kind, as it often impacts your blood vessels. When blood vessels become continuously inflamed, this can cause damage to the vessels, causing an accumulation of fats in your bloodstream. This fat, otherwise known as LDL Cholesterol, increases over time and can eventually cause a blockage in your arteries.
Of course, we want to avoid foods that cause inflammation and eat more foods that deter it. You probably already have an idea of which foods cause inflammation – greasy, fried foods such as French fries, soda, red meats, processed meats, junk foods, refined carbohydrates, to name a few. These are foods that are overly processed, and we are keenly aware that we should minimize or eliminate them from our plates anyway.
So what about foods that fight inflammation? Load up on healthy foods such as tomatoes, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish and fruit to help you combat inflammation and keep your body running smoothly.
You may have already noticed that healthy, plant-based whole foods will help to reduce, and even combat, inflammation. Meanwhile, overly processed, high-fat junk foods will cause your inflammation to flare. Therefore, to help reduce the symptoms and lower your risk for health issues, simply eat more whole plant-based foods.
What causes inflammation for you? Do you feel noticeably bloated? Achy? Generally unwell? Minimize or eliminate those foods and replace them with whole foods for better health. Learn more about the positive effects of foods we eat when you join my 30-Day Fit & Healthy Challenge for the entire month of October 2018. For details or to register, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sarawolfsen.com.
Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach who specializes in helping people make their own healthy changes by providing private health and lifestyle coaching, nutrition education and wellness classes with guidance and gentle support for lasting weight loss and building healthier habits. Learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com.