Inflammation is the body’s way of healing itself when injured or exposed to any harmful substance. Its use is evident when the skin heals automatically after a cut or a new skin forms to replace the worn out one. Inflammation is a protective process which you are more familiar with than you assume but this is not always beneficial.
Chronic inflammation is the result of attack of the immune system on the body’s healthy cells leading to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, states of immune deficiency including Crohn’s disease or skin conditions including psoriasis. Lurking chronic inflammation may also play a role in heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
There is limited knowledge on the impact of certain foods on inflammation in the body. Proof exists that some food types can suppress inflammation while the quantity of food needed and the frequency during which these foods are to be consumed is unclear. Research proves the promising benefits of foods such as fatty fish, berries and tart cherry juice. Be cautious of false promotions and advertisements on anti-inflammatory miracles.
Nutrition science professionals uphold their view on overall good nutrition to promote the body’s immune system and provide antioxidants to reduce inflammatory stress. Get in touch with a nutritionist/dietitian at the website www.firsteatright.com, who can help you with choosing foods that can reduce inflammation and elevate immune function for your body type.
Fats can be healthy or unhealthy depending on the type of food taken. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are healthy fats that help to regulate membrane function and reduce inflammation. You can include foods made of these fats in a healthy diet plan. Avoid fats such as saturated fats and trans fat that increase the inflammatory process. Saturated fats are usually found in foods such as meats, butter, cream sauces and fried foods and trans fat is found in many processed foods.
Try out multiple foods and varieties instead of focusing on one specific so-called ‘superfood’.
Inflammation depends on the diet you consume, the quality and duration of your sleep along with other lifestyle factors.
We can summarize clearly that chronic inflammation can be avoided by following a healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet, a healthy weight, adequate sleep and regular physical activity.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.