Inflammation is at the root of almost any disease. In fact, chronic inflammation has been linked to arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and even depression.
Before we delve into how you can fight inflammation in the body, it’s important to understand what it is.
What Is Inflammation
Inflammation is a process that’s actually meant to protect the body. When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood. Those chemicals increase the blood flow to an injured or infected area. This process can cause swelling, redness and pain. While these symptoms eventually go away, sometimes inflammation persists when your body isn’t under threat. That’s when healthcare professionals say inflammation becomes a problem, leading to illness.
What Causes Chronic Inflammation?
Researchers believe inflammation becomes a problem when the immune system overreacts, resulting in an overload of defense cells that damage blood tissue. The immune system overreacts for a couple of reasons.
- Toxins overloading the body
- Poor diet
Here is a list of foods that promote inflammation:
- Refined carbohydrates
- Trans fats
- Conventional meat
- Corn and soybean oils
- Pasteurized dairy
How To Fight Inflammation
One of the most powerful ways you can fight inflammation inside the body is to adjust your diet. Below is an infographic highlighting foods, herbs and spices that fight inflammation.