What is inflammation?
Inflammation is your body’s way of responding to illness or injury, but it can also contribute to chronic diseases. Without inflammation providing a signal to our immune system, it wouldn’t know when to repair damages or defend itself against viruses and bacteria.
However, sometimes the inflammatory process can go on for too long or occur in areas of the body where it isn’t needed. This can become a problem and lead to chronic inflammation which is linked to heart disease, strokes and autoimmune disorders like lupus.
A healthy lifestyle can keep inflammation under control, and the foods we eat are instrumental in the process.
What foods cause inflammation?
Typically, in order to stay healthy, we should avoid processed foods and diets that are high in saturated fats and sugar. The main foods that people should avoid when trying to maintain an anti-inflammatory diet are:
- Sugar – sugary drinks, snacks and desserts
- Processed meats
- Trans fats – usually found in fried foods
- White bread and pasta
- Soybean oil and vegetable oil
- Excess alcohol