How Diet Affects Inflammation

By Rebecca Carden — October 20, 2014

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We’ve all witnessed a cut on our hand or leg become red and angry looking at some time. Well that angry red puffiness is inflammation. Can you imagine what that would be like for your body if it was happening 24/7 inside and throughout your body?

Our diet affects inflammation significantly and certain foods don’t make for a very happy body and very high inflammation.

Chronic inflammation is often a key contributor to many diseases including cancer, IBS, obesity, heart disease and autoimmune illnesses all because it puts your body in an unnatural and long term state of stress.

Inflammation is a completely normal and beneficial process that occurs when your body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.

You actually need some level of inflammation in your body to stay healthy.

However it’s increasingly common, for the inflammatory response to get out of hand and turn into chronic inflammation.

If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to excess inflammation in your body. Say hello to conditions such as asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, chrones disease, thyroid conditions and many others, depending on which organs the inflammation is impacting.

The annoying thing is, chronic inflammation typically doesn’t produce symptoms until a serious problem arises. This is because chronic inflammation is low-grade and systemic, often silently damaging your tissues over an extended period of time. This process can go on for years without you noticing, until a disease suddenly sets in.

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The right diet is crucial to keep inflammation under control and at healthy levels. Including certain foods in your diet affects inflammation massively. Wheat, gluten and refined sugar are the bad guys in this situation as they love to create inflammation which is why it’s so important to avoid them.

Here are some foods that can help lower inflammation. We include plenty of these in our MGO meals to help you kick inflammations butt!

  • Cold water fish such as sardines and consciously sourced salmon or Omega 3 supplements.
  • Sea Veggies such as Kelp and Dulse
  • Olive Oil
  • Cruciferous Veggies such as Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower.
  • Blueberries
  • Turmeric
  • Green Tea
  • Sweet Potato
  • Ginger

Consider also having a food allergy test done to see if there are any individual foods that your body could unknowingly be reacting to. Kate McCandless at Merge Health can organise this for you via Nutripath and it is a worthy investment. (I wouldn’t have known me and almonds don’t mesh well otherwise……hello nasty inflammation)

Now food isn’t the only cause of inflammation, not by a long shot. Stress has a pretty significant part to play in this equation but there’s only so much we can help you with in this department.

Sure we can take the stress out of eating healthy (and we do that rather well J but ultimately, stress management is up to you.

Get outside, walk barefoot on the earth, read a book, meditate, laugh, love, massages…you get the drift…. are all going to help manage your stress levels.

Let us take care of your food stress and you can take care of ‘you’ stress.

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