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Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Photo: Salmon with fresh onions, garlic, a cayenne pepper and ginger. Cooked in olive oil and water. Sprinkled with basil and himalayian sea salt.

Inflammation is a defense mechanism in the body. The immune system recognizes damaged cells, irritants, and pathogens, and it begins the healing process.

When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it. The signs and symptoms of inflammation can be uncomfortable but are a show that the body is trying to heal itself.

Inflammation primarily causes pain because the swelling pushes against the sensitive nerve endings. This sends pain signals to the brain







Inflammation can be good or bad depending on the situation.

On the one hand, it's your body's natural way of protecting itself when you’re injured or sick.

It can help your body defend itself from illnesses and stimulate healing.

On the other hand, chronic, sustained inflammation in your body is linked to an increased risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity

Interestingly, the foods you eat can have a major effect on inflammation in your body.

Here are 6 foods that can cause inflammation.

1. Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup

Table sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are the two main types of added sugar in the Western diet and is the #1 cause of dietary Inflammation.

One of the reasons that added sugars are harmful is that they can increase inflammation, which can lead to disease

2. Artificial Trans Fats

Artificial trans fats are likely the unhealthiest fats you can eat. Most margarines contain trans fats, and they are often added to processed foods in order to extend shelf life.

3. Vegetable Oil

Vegetable and seed oils are used as a cooking oil and are a major ingredient in many processed foods. For instance, corn and soybean oil.

4. Refined Carbohydrates

Refined carbohydrates are found in candy, bread, pasta, pastries, some cereals, cookies, cakes, sugary soft drinks and all processed food that contains added sugar or flour.

5. Excessive Alcohol

For some people, moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to provide some health benefits.

6. Processed Meat

Common types of processed meat include sausage, bacon, ham, smoked meat, deli meat, and beef jerky

Other Inflammation Causing Foods:

Fried Foods


Artificial Sweetener

Refined Wheat Flour

Anti-Inflammatory Foods:

Broccoli, Turmeric, Green Tea, Ginger, Blueberry Nut Berries, Garlic Chia Seeds, Salmon and other fatty fish, Broth, Walnuts, Pineapples, Whole grain, Tomatoes, Greens, Dark chocolate, Beets, Spinach, Apples, Cherries, Olive oil, Coconut oil.

Anti Inflammatory Herbs:

Ginger, Rosemary, Turmeric, Clove, Green tea, Cayenne pepper, White willow bark, Resveratrol, Black pepper and Cinnamon.