Reducing inflammation in your body usually boils down to just one thing – you need to change your diet. That is the best way to mitigate the problem and bring it to a halt, if possible.
The beauty about it is that it’s simple. There’s a list of foods to avoid, and a list of foods to consume. You just need to stick to this list. Simple, however, does not mean easy.
Most people on the standard diet are eating inflammatory foods. That comprises the chunk of their diet. That’s why obesity is so widespread and more people are getting now than before. Our diets are so atrocious that they’re making us ill.
If you suffer from inflammation, follow the food list below. Avoid the foods that you must… and eat what you’re supposed to. If you can do this with discipline and determination, you’ll take control of your health and restore it in no time.
Foods to avoid:
- Refined sugar/refined carbohydrates
Avoid consuming sugar as much as you can. Reduce your intake and finally eliminate it. Switch to natural sugar alternatives such as stevia, honey and natural maple syrup.
- Artificial sweeteners
Avoid at all cost. These don’t help you and indirectly lead to insulin insensitivity and obesity.
- Trans fats
Found in junk food, buns, donuts, etc. these foods cause inflammation by raising you bad cholesterol levels.
- Dairy products
You may be lactose intolerant without even realizing it. It’s best to avoid milk and dairy products when you have inflammation.
- Hydrogenated cooking oils
These are the commercially sold oils that you see lining the supermarket shelves. They look clean, golden and healthy. Yet, they are highly inflammatory and throw your body’s ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids out of whack.
- Processed meats
Sausages, beef jerky, spam and other canned meats are best avoided. Even consumption of fresh meat (red meat) should be reduced till you bring down your inflammation. Most meats have chemicals and other hormones that may affect your inflammation. So, abstaining from meat for a few weeks will do you good.
Foods to eat:
- Oily fish
Fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids. If you don’t like the smell or taste of fish, you can always purchase fish oil supplements from a health store and consume those.
Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and flush toxins out of your body. Many people are constantly in a state of dehydration. Don’t wait till you’re thirsty before you get a drink. Aim for 8 glasses of water a day.
- Tomatoes/fruits/leafy greens
Most fruits and vegetables are excellent. Tomatoes are especially effective at treating inflammation because it’s alkaline in nature. Other alkaline foods such as: lemon, grapefruit and avocado are good too. While lemons are acidic in nature, once you consume them, they become alkaline in your body. Truly amazing and very beneficial.
- Fibrous vegetables
Fibrous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, etc. are good sources of fiber. There are many more vegetables that are rich in fiber. What matters is that you consume them because they fight inflammation. Whole grains are good too
These are just some of the foods that you should eat. Do your best to find out what other foods will help you fight inflammation, and slowly introduce them into your diet. Over time, your health will improve and you’ll look better and feel better.
Committed to Your health,