Fighting Inflammation with Healthy Foods

Virtually every ailment and illness is caused by inflammation in our cells. Inflammation is usually associated with heat, swelling, redness and pain, but it can also be unnoticeable. By the time we notice the symptoms of inflammation, our cells have already been inflamed for a while.

Contrary to popular belief, there are currently no medications that target inflammation. The best solution is actually a healthy diet. Below are some common foods and how they relate to inflammation:

Fats: Most omega-6 fats, which are found in margarine and corn oils, can cause inflammation. Omega-3 fats, which are found in fish and vegetables, can suppress inflammation. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is found in leafy green vegetables, olive oil, walnut oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, canola oil, avocados, nut butters, and macadamia nuts have anti-inflammatory properties.

Simple carbs: The body rapidly converts simple carbs to sugar, which increases blood sugar levels. Inflammation can be caused by a rapid rise in blood sugar. Avoid this problem by sticking to good carbs (apples, asparagus, beans, broccoli, blueberries, cabbage, green beans, leafy greens, spinach, and more).

Antioxidants: One of the best things you can do to fight inflammation is to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants. Most forms of berries, raw cacao (chocolate), and leafy green vegetables have lots of antioxidants.

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