Inflammation & Diet

Inflammation occurs naturally in our bodies as a part of the healing process, as well as during infections and some immunologic responses.  This an acute type of inflammation that occurs to heal damaged tissue.  A chronic type of inflammation can occur also; this does not allow the body to heal.  This type of inflammation can be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, diverticulosis, Chron’s disease, some kidney diseases, chronic skin problems, cardiovascular disease.  Studies have linked certain foods and diets to assist with managing symptoms of chronic inflammation. Along with helping to reduce chronic inflammation, there is a magnitude of other benefits:

  • · Lower blood pressure
  • · Protect against cancer & stroke
  • · Benefit for all joints
  • · Aid in heart health
  • · Weight loss

Anti-inflammatory eating includes a variety of colorful foods.  Aim to include a much fresh food as possible, an abundance of fruits and vegetables while minimizing processed and fast foods.  Foods to target should be rich in antioxidants, fiber, and omega 3 fats.

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Nuts & seeds
Fruits & vegetables
Olive oil
Whole grains
Avoid more:
Trans fats
Partially hydrogenated oils
Foods with long shelf lives
Simple carbs
Chips, crackers
Processed packaged foods
Artificial flavors and colors

Want more information? Contact our Registered Dietitian, Erin King, for a free consultation to learn more about how you can help to reduce inflammation through healthy eating.

(And don’t forget, we are currently offering 30% off all nutrition services thru 5/13/2016)