Apr 16, 2022

Should You Be Concerned About Inflammation?

Healthy Living.

Inflammation is caused by many things, and it can be the cause of several health problems. Inflammation happens naturally when there is an infection or injury. It is one of the body’s ways of protecting itself. However, too much inflammation can be harmful.

Some causes of inflammation include:
Chronic inflammation can cause more health issues, so it is important to do what you can to prevent inflammation. In many cases, medication can actually make inflammation worse. When possible, the best way to manage inflammation is through lifestyle changes.

Exercise and a healthy diet can go a long way to improving inflammation. There are some foods that are especially good for decreasing inflammation. These include:

Berries – Because of their high levels of antioxidants, berries have great anti-inflammatory effects.

Fish – Fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, and anchovies, are great for helping to reduce inflammation.

Cruciferous vegetables – Broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower are high in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory.

Avocados – Avocados are a great way to reduce inflammation because they are easy to incorporate into your diet. Try avocado toast, healthy guacamole, or adding avocado to a salad or grain bowl.

Green tea – Rich in antioxidants, green tea can help reduce inflammation and the risk of heart diseasecancer, and other health problems.

Turmeric – Turmeric contains an anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin. Add turmeric to curries, marinades, or even tea to reap its health benefits.

Dark chocolate – Flavenols give chocolate its anti-inflammatory properties. Chocolate with higher percentages of cocoa – at least 70% – can provide the best anti-inflammatory effects.

It is also important to know which foods can make inflammation worse. Avoid refined carbohydrates, processed meats, fried foods, trans fats, and sugary beverages in order to avoid unhealthy inflammation and the health issues that arise with inflammation.

The good news is that reducing inflammation in your body also reduces other health problems and your risk of developing health problems in the future such as heart diseasekidney disease, and diabetes.

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