All inflammation isn’t bad… but chronic inflammation can get dangerous to your health.
When your body recognizes anything foreign it triggers the process of inflammation. This could be plant pollen, a chemical, or a virus. Acute inflammation is completely normal, but when it lasts?
Chronic inflammation persists for days, months, or years, even when there is no threat to your body. This can lead to a lot of serious of diseases.
Chronic inflammatory diseases are the most significant cause of death in the world. World Health Organization (WHO) ranks chronic diseases as the greatest threat to human health.
I’d say that’s a good reason to decrease the inflammation in our body. And the best way to do that is through our nutrition. Both by avoiding foods that cause inflammation and eating foods that reduce inflammation.
avoid these inflammation causing foods:
Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible:
instead, reach for these anti-inflammatory foods:
An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:
Coffee, which contains polyphenols and other anti-inflammatory compounds, may protect against inflammation, as well.
a word about night shade vegetables
A lot of people avoid nightshade vegetables believing that they cause inflammation. There actually no studies that prove this to be true. I always say, when in doubt listen to your body. I sure I could find 10 experts touting the benefits of night shade vegetables and another 10 to disagree.
There are some people who believe that night shades don’t do anything that any other piece of fruit could do for you. I usually suggest to do your own mini test. When you eat any of the night shade foods do you get an upset stomach? Do you get sleepy? These are some good indicators that night shade vegetables are not for you.
Night Shade Foods:
Follow the steps outline in this article and you’ll be well on your way to reducing inflammation in your body and increasing your energy.
Try eating this way for a couple of weeks and you’ll be amazed at how good you feel and then share your findings with me!
Lisa Swanson is an ACE Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Orthopedic Exercise Specialist as well as a certified AASDN and PN level 1 nutritionist. With over 35 years experience helping people turn their lives around, she is on a mission to provide relevant and useful knowledge to help women in midlife reach their goals.
Check out my interview with the Magnificent Midlife podcast on staying fit and healthy long-term.