Inflammation seems to have burst onto the scene in a big way in the last few years, almost to a threatening degree…
They say chronic inflammation is the source of all sorts of cancers, not to mention arthritis, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and even Alzheimer’s.
While inflammation is the catalyst for a host or health problems, it’s not always a bad thing. On a basic level, inflammation is basically just your body’s attempt to protect itself, to help it remove harmful toxins, so it can heal itself. Wounds and infections and injuries wouldn’t be able to heal themselves without inflammation. This is also part of the reason there’s a movement in the health field that says icing an injury can be counterproductive, as swelling and inflammation is a natural and necessary part of the healing process.
But for now we’re going to talk about the ‘bad inflammation,’ and a surprising influence on it.
Generally, the advice given to reduce inflammation is diet-based: Avoid inflammatory foods like highly-refined carbohydrates and sugar, and eat more foods that combat inflammation, such as healthy fats like olive oil and nuts, fatty fish and leafy green vegetables.