What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is how your body responds to damage or injury. Inflammation occurs when your body tries to heal wounds, repair damaged tissue caused by intense exercise, and defends against foreign invaders such as viruses or bacteria.
Treatment for inflammation often involve pain-reducing medications. But perhaps an even more effective way to reduce inflammation is to reduce inflammatory foods in your diet, as research suggests that limiting foods that cause inflammation.
You can adopt an anti-inflammatory diet by doing the following:
Reduce the Amount of AGEs in Your Diet
What are “AGEs” you say?…
… It stands for advanced glycation end product (AGE), and it is a toxin that occurs when your food is grilled, heated, pasteurized or fried.
AGEs can damage proteins in your body, as inflammation occurs when your body uses cytokines (causes of inflammation) to try and break these AGEs down.
So reduce your intake of foods cooked at high temperatures and you could potentially reduce your blood AGE levels.
Sugars and Refined Carbs
If you consume a lot of sugar in your diet, then this can also lead to an increase in your AGE level – causing inflammation.
So give the sweets a miss and your levels of inflammation will reduce over time.
Due to a certain type of protein generally found in dairy products, this can irritate the tissue around your joints.
So if this is the case for you, then reducing dairy may be a good option.
Alcohol and tobacco
Regular use of tobacco and alcohol can lead to a variety of health problems, including inflammation and joint pain.
Its necessary to maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly and get enough rest to heal — all of which can be effected negatively by alcohol and tobacco.
So by cutting back on drinking and smoking, you reduce inflammation and improve your health and energy generally!
Inflammation can be induced by eating snacks and baked goods – high in omega-6 fatty acids.
A good alternative is to eat foods containing omega-3s instead (such as flax seeds, nuts and olive oil)…
… which can reduce joint pain – rather than causing inflammation!
Foods high in salt and other preservatives can result in inflammation of your joints.
So it may be worth trying to reduce your salt intake, by avoiding heavily processed foods.
Reduce your consumption of AGEs, sugars and refined carbs, dairy products, alcohol, tobacco, corn oil and preservatives…
… and your inflammation and joint pain will most likely reduce overtime.
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