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The Anti-Inflammatory Foods We Should All Be Eating

| Becca Clayton

Did you know that inflammation can be both good and bad for you? On one hand, it helps your body defend itself from infection and injury, but on the other hand, chronic inflammation can lead to weight gain and disease.

With more and more health professionals believing that one of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation no longer comes from the Pharmacy, but from the foods and diet we consume, we take a look at the best anti-inflammatory foods we should be eating.

What is Inflammation?

By definition, inflammation is a vital part of the immune system’s response to injury and infection. It is the body’s way of signalling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.

As chronic diseases are unfortunately becoming more and more common, we are all starting to take our health and wellbeing more seriously. In recent years, doctors are learning that one of the best ways to reduce inflammation lies in our fridges; following an anti-inflammatory diet can fight off inflammation for good.

“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” Dr. Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology.

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

As a general rule, a diet high in natural, unprocessed foods—including vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, and beans—is anti-inflammatory. Your body knows how to process these foods, and they are highly nutritious.

Eating a well-balanced combination of these anti-inflammatory foods provides not only the macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) but also the water, micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), and fibre needed to keep your body in tip-top condition. University Health News

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So, what should we all be eating more off?

  • Cold water Fish
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Turmeric
  • Green Tea
  • Nuts
  • Olive Oil
  • Wholegrains & Beans

Health & Lifestyle Benefits

Research shows that eating more anti-inflammatory foods can:

  • Optimise weight
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Slow cell ageing and promote longevity
  • Improve energy levels, cognitive abilities (brain function) and mood
  • Reduce the risk of chronic conditions

“A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life,” Dr. Hu.

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Foods to Avoid

However, there are still certain foods which we should avoid, or at least eat less of. They include:

  • refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries
  • chips and other fried foods
  • soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
  • red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
  • margarine, shortening, and lard

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