Reducing the risk of inflammation through your diet
Research have shown that inflammatory foods pose a great danger to your health. As eating healthy becomes more mainstream, tips on how to avoid inflammatory diet emerge. But what is inflammation? What does it do to our bodies and how can we avoid it?
Inflammation is the body’s healing process, designed to repair and protect injured tissue after infection or trauma.
On minor bumps and wounds it appears as redness or pus, it becomes inflamed. Inflammation becomes a threat when out-of-kilter inflammation occurs by mistake.
The process needed to repair an infection or trauma happens where there is nothing to repair. Essentially, the immune system becomes overactive: it’s also known as autoimmunity when the body attacks itself without external assault in this way.
So how do we avoid this? By regulating if not avoiding our consumption of food that aggravates it.
A study was led by Professor Adela Castello at Instituto du Salud Carlos III in Spain showed that ready-made sauces, industrially produced pastries and processed meat are few of the main culprit.
Castello emphasized that total abandonment of our favorite food is not strictly required and that this should mean we must obsessed with avoiding inflammatory foods.
“Eating processed meat, fast foods or sweets once or twice a week probably won’t hurt you. The general advice for healthy dietary habits also serves for cancer prevention,” she said.
Excess body weight can contribute to inflammation, so balance is the key.
Melanie Hargraves, registered dietician and spokesperson for the British Nutrition Foundation, suggested that a “healthy dietary pattern is one which contains 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day, is high in fibre and lean protein sources (such as chicken, beans and pulses or fish, including one portion of oily fish per week) and is low in saturated fats, salt, free sugars and alcohol.”
In a compilation made by Telegraph UK, it shows that Nuts and seeds, Olive oil, Oily fish, fruit, fruits coffee and Cruciferous vegetables, like cabbage, broccoli, kale etc.. are good at combatting inflammation, most of which are rich in Omega 3.