While inflammation isn’t all bad – it’s necessary for our bodies to defend itself against harmful bacteria, viruses, pathogens and injury – chronic inflammation can be damaging to our overall health. Chronic inflammation is when your inflammatory response goes into overdrive and persists for a longer-than-necessary period of time, leaving your body in a constant state of alert. This could eventually cause your body to damage healthy cells, tissues and organs leading to a number of health concerns like autoimmune disease, diabetes, cancer and so on.
So, it’s incredibly important to pay attention to how we’re caring for our bodies by getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, exercising and avoiding inflammatory foods like trans fat, processed and fried foods. We can also introduce more anti-inflammatory foods into our diets – lucky for us there are plenty of them that can help combat persistent inflammation. Here’s a list of anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and healthy oils to add to your diet:
-Gluten-free whole grains
-Green leafy vegetables
-Fruits such as strawberries and blueberries