Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury. When a part of our body is inflamed, we can usually tell by the area being red, swollen, hot and having trouble in movement – often referred to as acute inflammation.
However, chronic inflammation can also occur in our body in a much more silent way and is thought of as the catalyst for most diseases. The current Western diet is prone chronic disease-causing inflammation. It is also a huge contributor to ageing, illnesses, skin problems such as acne and just generally not feeling great in our body and mind.
Chronic inflammation is caused when your immune system is constantly responding to substances that may appear harmless to the body but are causing the immune system to treat it as a threat.
Causes of Chronic Inflammation
Lack of sleep
Lack of exercise
Foods that Cause Inflammation
Certain foods are extremely inflammatory robbing you of feeling great both inside and out. However, the good news is you can control numerous factors that cause inflammation! Below are five of the worst offenders in terms of inflammation:
Can result in a rapid rise in blood sugar triggering an immune response, leading to chronic inflammation.
High in omega-6 fats which have inflammatory effects. Although omega-6 fatty acids are essential, we are in fact consuming a significant amount already, putting the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 out of balance.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Can spike blood sugar leading to increased insulin and an inflammatory response.
High-Fat and Processed Red Meat
Foods such as hot dogs, bacon and sausages contain tons of saturated fats which can cause and are extremely detrimental to chronic inflammation.
Can contain trans-fat which create low-density lipoproteins which cause high cholesterol and feed inflammation.
An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants with a great shelf life. So easy to incorporate into your daily routine either by adding a tbsp into a porridge or creating a chia seed pudding like the photo below.
Rich in antioxidants which help to naturally reduce inflammation and allow your body’s processes to happen as they should.
Helps to rid the body of heavy metals that can cause chronic inflammation. They bind toxic metals together and eliminate them from the body.
Cruciferous veggies (broccoli/cabbage) and leafy greens (spinach/kale) have natural detoxifying effects which help to cleanse your body of any harmful chemicals that could potentially contribute to inflammation.
Contain carotenoids and monounsaturated fats which help to fight inflammation (remember ½ a day is more than enough!).