Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response; without it, we can’t heal. But when it’s out of control it can damage the body.
Though inflammation is a normal and beneficial process that occurs when your body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses, it leads to trouble when the inflammatory response gets out of hand. Chronic inflammation is the source of many if not most diseases, including cancer, obesity, and heart disease, which essentially makes it the leading cause of death in the US.
The good news is your diet can have a major impact on this chain of events. Foods high in sugar and saturated fat can potentially increase inflammation. A number of foods and spices are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Make sure to eat a variety of them on a regular basis, it can go a long way toward preventing chronic illness.
Here are a few examples to get you started and make sure to try our omega 3 packed salmon recipe!
- Herbs – Cloves, Ginger, Garlic, Rosemary and Tumeric
- Food High in Omega 3’s – Salmon, Fish Oil, Walnuts
- Leafy Greens – Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Chard
- Shitaki Mushrooms