It’s no surprise that the foods which offer anti-inflammatory benefits are the ones that health professionals continue to agree upon for good health.
Inflammation isn’t all bad.
Before you start to think inflammation is inherently “bad”. It’s actually not. Short bursts of inflammation are our bodies way of coping with foreign objects and localised trauma. This is called Acute Inflammation and it’s necessary and a totally normal part of our immune defence.
The problem occurs when we have inflammation that doesn’t go away. This is Chronic Inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a range of major diseases like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and depression.¹
Why Does What We Eat Matter?
The digestive system is your important, yet delicate front-line defence to whatever enters our body. It’s the major headquarters for our immune system and controls whether or not harmful bacteria and viruses enter our system.² Plus, it turns the food we eat into energy, vitamins and minerals for us to thrive, and hosts our gut microbiome – 2 litres of bacteria that have incredibly strong influences on the runnings of the entire body.
That’s why what we eat is such a big factor in inflammation and disease, and why it’s fairly safe to say that taking care of our gut may well be one of the most important things we can do to defend ourselves against disease and improve our overall health.
When choosing what to eat, a wide variety of fresh plant foods is important, but for extra anti-inflammatory goodness, make sure to include these:
- Vegetables (i.e. Broccoli And Tomatoes)
- Olive Oil
- Green Leafy Vegetables (i.e. Spinach, Kale, And Rocket)
- Nuts (i.e. Almonds And Walnuts)
- Seeds (i.e.Chia Seeds And Flaxseed)
- Fatty Fish (i.e. Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna, And Sardines)
- Fruits (i.e. Berries, Pineapple And Citrus)
- Spices (i.e. Turmeric, Ginger)