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.
French fries and other fried foods.
Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
Red meat from beef in burgers or steaks or processed meat like sausages.
Margarine, shortening or lard
Foods that fight inflammation
These foods contain lots of natural antioxidants and polyphenols, which help to reduce inflammation.
Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale or collards.
Nuts like almonds and walnuts.
Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna or sardines.
Fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries and oranges.