WE ARE ALL TOLD WE SHOULD EAT HEALTHILY, BUT WHAT IS THE ACTUAL BENEFIT OF DOING SO?
Food is fuel – and we have to give the correct fuel to ensure our engine can keep going. If we overfeed it or feed it the wrong nutrition we can create damage to the body.
Most illness and disease is created by inflammation of cells in the body, and this is mostly caused by nutrition and lifestyle.
Inflammation is a natural process that helps your body heal and defend itself from harm.
However, inflammation is harmful if it becomes chronic.
This is where healthy nutrition can assist. There are many things you can do to reduce inflammation and improve your overall health. This article outlines a detailed plan for an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle.
What Is Inflammation?
As part of the inflammatory response, your body increases its production of white blood cells, immune cells, and substances called cytokines that help fight infection. This is a good thing, but too much of the wrong stuff going in your body will hammer this response too much.
Chronic Inflammation often occurs inside your body without any noticeable symptoms. This type of inflammation can drive illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and fatty liver disease.
Chronic inflammation can also happen when people are obese or under stress.
What causes inflammation?
Certain lifestyle factors — especially habitual ones — can promote inflammation.
Consuming high amounts of sugar and is particularly harmful. It can lead to insulin resistance (your body’s ability to carry carbs around as fuel) diabetes, and obesity.
What’s more, eating processed and packaged foods that contain trans Fats have been shown to promote inflammation and damage the endothelial cells that line your arteries.
Vegetable oils used in many processed foods are another possible culprit. Regular consumption may result in an imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which some scientists believe may promote inflammation. We will talk more about fats in the future.
Excessive intake of alcohol and processed meat can also have inflammatory effects on your body.
Additionally, an inactive lifestyle that includes a lot of sitting is a major non-dietary factor that can promote inflammation.
If you want to reduce inflammation, eat fewer inflammatory foods and more anti-inflammatory foods.
Base your diet on whole, nutrient-dense foods that contain antioxidants to eat healthy — and avoid processed products.
Antioxidants work by reducing levels of free radicals. These reactive molecules are created as a natural part of your metabolism but can lead to inflammation when they’re not held in check. How to fix it?
Your anti-inflammatory diet should provide a healthy balance of protein, carbs, and fat at each meal. Make sure you also meet your body’s needs for vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. A low-carb diet also reduces inflammation, particularly for people who are obese or have metabolic syndrome (In addition, vegetarian diets are linked to reduced inflammation).
Eat healthy and try to avoid:
Sugary beverages: Sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit juices
Refined carbs: White bread, white pasta, etc.
Desserts: Cookies, candy, cake, and ice cream
Processed meat: Hot dogs, bologna, sausages, etc.
Processed snack foods: Crackers, chips, and pretzels
Certain oils: Processed seed and vegetable oils like soybean and corn oil
Trans fats: Foods with partially hydrogenated ingredients
Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption
Moderation and balance are key. No one wants to live on kale and spinach, but our aim is not to just influence you to lose weight but to lead a longer, healthier lifestyle.
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