Inflammation and Healthy Eating
Inflammation is a normal immune response that the human body makes towards invaders... bacteria, pollen or other chemical pollutants. This is a natural response made to protect the body. Many times not a mild one; and if it continues over a long period of time, even when the body is not under attack, it can be destructive to the normal cells of the body. Cancer, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and arthritis are among the many diseases that have been linked to this kind of inflammation, even if the exact mechanism is not yet known.
One of the things that medical science has discovered (and is continuing to explore) is that there are foods which encourage this harmful type of chronic inflammation, and there are foods that can stop it. Making the right food choices can potentially help people stay healthier, simply by eating differently. Incidentally, "anti-inflammation foods" are a healthier choice.
Fast foods and components of fast foods such as processed carbohydrates, fried foods such as French fries, processed meats, margarine and shortening are pro-inflammation foods. These are not considered healthful foods in general, and the reasons that this is so, continue to mount.
Foods that fight inflammation are generally considered healthier foods. Anti-oxidant rich foods by definition fight inflammation. Foods like tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, nuts, fatty fish, and berries are all inflammation fighting juggernauts.
Healthy eating in general should include many of these foods. A fruit-and-vegetable heavy diet should be very rich in these foods, and would be an excellent choice for delicious variety. Just make sure it is rich in fish, whole grains, nuts, and olive oil, and very low in processed foods. Cooking Mediterranean-style foods regularly can really cut into the cycle of chronic inflammation and will add a vitamin and mineral-rich foundation for your lifestyle changes. Mediterranean recipes are widely available and generally easy to prepare. It is worth adding some of these to your weekly menu plan.
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