Food and inflammation

What is inflammation

Whenever something enters your body that doesn't belong there your immune system gets active and produces white blood cells to fight the invaders. This causes inflammation. 

This happens if you scrape your knee or smoke cigarettes. Or if you have an excessive amount of body fat, mostly around your belly. If you have plaque inside your arteries the white blood cells will wall it off. The clots may get loose and flow around in your blood stream. That is the most common reason for heart attacks or strokes.

Foods that cause inflammation

These foods basically clog your arteries.

Refined carbohydrates like white bread or pastries.

pastry Pastry


French fries and other fried foods.

french fries French fries

 

Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

soda Soda

Red meat from beef in burgers or steaks or processed meat like sausages. 

burger Burger

sausage Sausage


Margarine, shortening or lard

margarine Margarine

 

    Foods that fight inflammation

    These foods contain lots of natural antioxidants and polyphenols, which help to reduce inflammation.

    tomatoes Tomatoes

    bottle of olive oil Olive oil

     

    Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale or collards.

    spinach  Spinach

    kale Kale

     

    Nuts like almonds and walnuts.

    nuts walnuts almonds

     

    Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna or sardines.

    salmon Salmon

    mackerel Mackerel

    tuna Tuna

    sardines Sardines

     

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

    strawberry Strawberry

    blueberry Blueberry

    cherry Cherry

    orange Orange

       

       

       

       

       

       

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