Chronic inflammation (persistent inflammation of cells) has been linked to many diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and Alzheimers, and though the foods we eat can contribute to the cause they may also be one of the best medicines.
Does your diet contribute to inflammation?
The foods you are eating may be the root of some major health problems and even contribute to your achy joints. How many of these foods end up on your plate each day?
- Saturated fats which are found in animal products like meats and dairy.
- Trans-fats which can be found in processed foods, baked goods and some oils.
- Sugar: Yes table sugar is important to avoid, but added sugar is the real culprit. Start reading the ingredient lists on the foods you purchase. You will be surprised how many times sugar pops up.
- Refined carbohydrates which are made with processed, white flour and contain little to no fiber
Moderation is key! Don’t feel like you can never eat dairy, meat or sugar again. The point is to be mindful of how much you are consuming and aim to reduce the amounts of saturated fats and added sugars in our diets day to day. Here are some healthy upgrades to get you started:
- Reduce saturated fats by choosing low-fat dairy products and lean meats
- Minimize processed foods and sweets
- Eat whole foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains