You may never have stopped to think about it, but every time you become unwell in any way, inflammation plays a key role. But what is the driving force and what can we do about it?
Inflammation is the body’s immune system responding to a perceived threat, such as invading bacteria or viruses. Furthermore, unhealthy foods and diets low in nutrients can contribute to inflammation, which can have serious consequences. Studies found that a single fast food meal containing egg and sausage induced inflammation in the arteries of healthy young people, and it persisted for more than six hours afterwards.
The bottom line is that the major determinant of inflammation levels in our bodies is something completely under our control: our daily food intake.
While consumption of whole, unrefined plant foods is linked to a lower risk of inflammation-related disease, consumption of animal products and refined carbohydrates can have the reverse effect.
When we fail to consume ample amounts of fruits and vegetables, we omit an abundance of vital anti-inflammatory compounds – such as carotenoids and flavonoids.
I always tell my clients that eating healthily is a package deal. It’s not a matter of eating something unhealthy and then counteracting it with vegetables. It’s important to follow a balanced diet and minimise or avoid the ‘bad’ foods altogether.
Healthy food that fights inflammation is attractive to all the senses, delicious to eat, and imbues your body and mind with vitality and joy.
Here is a list of the top anti-inflammatory foods to get your started!
- Leafy Green Vegetables
- Chia seeds
Article from Hopewood contributor Robyn Chuter