In general, inflammation is the body’s reaction to infection or injury. In those instances, it is a good sign that your body is trying to repair itself by sending in white blood cells. But inflammation also happens in other instances, like when you are under chronic stress, have an autoimmune disorder, or suffer from obesity. This can last over a period of time, damaging the body and leading to health issues like arthritis, depression, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and so on. Here are great food alternatives that will drastically cut down inflammation-causing foods in your diet.
Get rid of the white bread favorites like bagels and so on in favor of whole-grain alternatives. Several of the nutrients found in whole grains promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your body. Healthy bacteria can produce compounds that can help counter inflammation in the body. Besides its anti-inflammatory effects and improved health benefits.
Ditch The Soda
Green tea is a better choice than soda. A flavonol called catechin, which is present in green tea, is believed to reduce inflammation. Goes without saying, don’t load up your glass with sugar!
Don’t Be Corny
Rather than corn-savory items that are pretty delicious, to be honest, try unsalted mixed nuts or an apple. As well as providing healthy fats and proteins, nuts also provide phytochemicals (depending on the variety you eat). There are antioxidants in phytochemicals that help the body remove free radicals. They may also combat inflammation. Fiber and phytochemicals can also be found in fruits like apples.
How High are the Steaks?
Take salmon with a side of broccoli as opposed to steak and baked potato. Salmon, as well as other kinds of fish like tuna, sardines, and mackerel, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may reduce inflammation, improving heart health. Besides being rich in vitamins C, E, and K, broccoli is also a good source of fiber. Carotenoids, another phytochemical, are also present in broccoli.
We Promise It’s a Piece of Cake
No matter how tempting that slice of cake is, go for a fruit salad instead. Mix things up with antioxidant-rich berries that are, again, packed with phytochemicals.