When you introduce anti-inflammatory foods into a diet, you naturally begin to eliminate pro-inflammatory foods and substances as they are not as satisfying as a diet rich in whole foods.
A prime suspect is the duo of saturated and trans-fatty acids, found in processed foods. These fats cause inflammation and increase risk factors for obesity, diabetes, and heart conditions.
The same foods are also likely to be higher in omega-6 fatty acids, which are necessary but only to an extent. In excess and without the balance of omega-3s, omega-6 fats create inflammation in the body. Sadly, studies show that “The typical American diet tends to contain 14–25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids.”
Simple, refined sugars and carbohydrates are more inflammation-causing culprits.
Limiting refined grains is an essential factor in an anti-inflammatory diet. Whole grains should replace refined carbohydrates as genuinely whole grains are relevant sources of nutrition. Sourcing these grains as fermented sourdough allows the nutrients to be broken down and better available to the body.
Finally, establishing a routine of physical activity can help prevent systemic inflammation from building up or returning. An active life fueled by fresh, whole anti-inflammatory foods and unrestricted by processed, toxic compounds can set you on the path toward freedom from inflammation.
12 Anti-inflammatory Foods
- Chia seeds
- Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
- Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
- Flax seeds
- Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
- Nuts like almonds and walnuts
- Olive oil
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