Foods that Trigger Inflammation



You've likely heard a lot about inflammation, but do you understand what kind of foods cause it, and what effects it has on the body?

Inflammation is your body's response to invaders, and it shows that your body's white blood cells are working hard to fight for you. For example, when it comes to arthritis, your immune system is trying to fight off invaders hat don't really exist. As a result, your body starts to attack itself, and the inflammation ensues.

Inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors, such as an insect bite or an autoimmune disorder. However, it can also be caused by the foods that you eat, and eating these foods regularly can have some poor outcomes in your body.

So, what are these effects?

Foods can be a trigger for inflammation, which is the worst kind, as it often has to deal with your blood vessels. When blood vessels become inflamed continuously, this can cause damage to the vessels, which is then used by the fats in your bloodstream as a means to accumulate.

This fat, otherwise known as LDL Cholesterol, simply grows more and more over time, and as years pass by, can cause a blockage in your arteries. This is something we absolutely want to avoid. So, knowing that food-caused inflammation is something we should seek to avoid -- what foods cause it, and which can help combat it?

Inflammatory Foods

Deep down, I am sure we all kind of know which foods cause inflammation. For instance, foods such as French Fries, Red Meat, Processed Meat, Junk Foods, Refined Carbohydrates, etc. These are foods that are overly processed, and we are keenly aware that we should keep off our plates anyway.

Foods that fight Inflammation

The same can be said for foods that fight inflammation. Load up on these healthy foods that help you combat inflammation and keep your body running smoothly.

These Foods - Examples

  • Tomatoes

  • Leafy greens

  • Nuts

  • Seeds

  • Fish

  • Fruit

Do you see a trend yet? Healthy, plant-based whole foods will help to reduce and even combat inflammation. Meanwhile, overly processed, high-junk foods will cause your inflammation to flare up.

Conclusion:

So to help reduce the symptoms and lower your risk for health issues, you are going to want to eat a lot more whole plant-based foods.

What causes inflammation for you?

Is there something you eat that you noticeably feel bloated, achy, and generally unwell after?

Please check out last weeks blog on my website for additional information from last weeks blog on: Reduce Inflammation With these Key Foods and a great recipe. So jump over there to find out more.

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Enjoy this recipe: (Roasted Tomato, Lentil & Feta Bowl): Anti-inflammatory

Serves 2


1. 1/2 cup Red Onion (diced)

2. 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes

3. 1/2 Green Bell Pepper (chopped)

4. 1 1/2 tsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)

5. 2 cups Kale Leaves (chopped)

6. 1 cup Green Lentils (cooked, drained and rinsed)

7. 1/2 Avocado (sliced) 1/4 cup Feta Cheese (crumbled)

1.Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine diced red onion, cherry tomatoes and green pepper. Toss with extra virgin olive oil and season with sea salt and black pepper to taste. Spread vegetables across your baking sheet and place in the oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, change the settings on your oven to broil and broil for 7 to 8 minutes or until tomatoes are slightly blackened.

3. Meanwhile, add kale to the mixing bowl and drizzle with a splash of extra virgin olive oil. Massage the oil into the kale. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and saute the kale until it is wilted. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. Remove roasted veggies from the oven. In a large mixing bowl, toss the veggies with lentils.

5. Divide the kale between bowls. Top with lentil mix, avocado slices and feta cheese.

Serve & enjoy!

Tip: Store in the fridge covered for up to 2 days. You can prep ahead your red onion, cherry tomatoes, saute kale, slice avocado and assemble the bowls.

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References:

https://www.authoritynutrition.com/13-anti-inflammatory-foods/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4717884/

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