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Are Inflammatory Foods Affecting You?

One of the problems with speaking generally about health is that there isn’t a one size fits all option on how to be healthy. Sure, it’s easy to suggest an increase in exercise and healthy foods to add to your diet, but it’s not quite that simple. Different foods can affect our bodies in different ways. Then there are also foods that we know can cause inflammation, and that is what we want to talk about today.

Inflammation is caused when your body recognizes something foreign. This could mean a different type of chemical, plant pollen or microbe. Inflammation is a defense mechanism to protect your body from potentially threatening foreign substances, but prolonged inflammation can pose a threat to your long-term health. That is why it’s important to know what foods can cause inflammation, so that if you choose to eat them, you keep moderation in the back of your mind.

The problem with inflammatory foods is that they are all around us! Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta and pastries, fried foods, soda red meat and margarine are among the most common inflammatory foods. It probably doesn’t surprise you that some of the foods that might typically upset your stomach are classified as inflammatory. These foods are the types of foods that we would consider “bad” for us. But remember, nothing is bad as long as it’s consumed in moderation. The health risks of these foods can includes diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

This probably sounds bleak, but the good news is that there are also ANTI inflammatory foods that our bodies thank us for! Some of these foods includes tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, nuts, fatty fish and fruit.The benefits of these foods includes lower risk of heart disease, and diabetes. There are plenty of articles that have diets consisting of anti-inflammatory foods, some even specializing strictly in anti-inflammatory foods. The most important thing to remember is that everyone and everyone’s body is different. We know that these types of inflammatory foods will have an impact on you, but what that impact might look like can vary by person. Listen to your body and adjust your diet accordingly, because it’s all about how your food makes you feel!

If you’re interested in learning more about inflammatory foods, the Hendersonville Community Co-Op is hosting a Food as Medicine event where they discuss the anti-inflammatory foods of winter. The event is January 26, click here if you’re interested in learning more!