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What is chronic inflammation?

Inflammation is a natural process our body goes through, but if you're dealing with chronic inflammation you may be at risk for future health problems.


Today I'll tell you what those health problems are, what foods to be eating to combat inflammation, and what foods to reduce or eliminate to prevent it.


What is inflammation


Inflammation happens when your body is trying to heal something. Whether it be a broken bone, or fighting a cold. The way you feel when you have a cold is your body’s inflammatory response to killing the cold germs.


Certain lifestyle habits like eating an unhealthy diet, not exercising enough, and consuming too much sugar can contribute to a bad type of inflammation called “chronic” inflammation. These habits turn the immune system on and help it stay active for a long period of time.


Chronic inflammation damages your internal organs and can lead to diseases like cancer and diabetes. It’s really important to make sure you’re reducing your inflammation as much as possible. Some common symptoms of chronic inflammation are fatigue, fever, rashes, mouth sores, abdominal pain, and chest pain.


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How to reduce inflammation


So how do you reduce inflammation? There are a number of foods and spices that reduce inflammation.


Those foods are:

-Tomatoes

-Olive oil

-Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards

-Other vegetables like broccoli, avocados, peppers, and mushrooms

-Nuts like almonds and walnuts

-Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines

-Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges


Spices that fight inflammation:

-Turmeric

-Black pepper

-Rosemary

-Cloves

-Ginger

-Cinnamon

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Foods that cause inflammation

How do you know if you’re eating foods that cause inflammation? Here’s a list of foods you should reduce to combat inflammation:

-Sugar and high fructose corn syrup

-Artificial Trans fats (margarine, hydrogenated soybean oil)

-Soybean oil, canola oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, rice bran oil

-Refined carbs (white bread, pasta, rice, pastries, sodas, snacks, sweets, breakfast cereals, and added sugars)

-Alcohol

-Processed meat


Reduce or eliminate these foods, and you'll be on your way to a healthier, happier you!


Liz xo

Calgary personal trainer virtual personal trainer female personal trainer

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