As we’ve repeatedly discussed, inflammation is not a bad thing; without an inflammatory response, healing from even the least-threatening wounds would not be possible.
Chronic (long-term) inflammation is not a good thing, however. Monsour Mohamadzadeh, Ph.D., and director of the Center for Inflammation and Mucosal Immunology at the University of Florida explains the difference:
“In a healthy situation, inflammation serves as a good friend to our body. But if immune cells start to overreact, that inflammation can be totally directed against us.”
Although the title of this article – and some of its contents – focuses on those with inflammatory diseases, the vast majority of information contained within applies to us all. With that in mind, we’re going to discuss foods to avoid to keep inflammation levels in check.
The Role of Food
Everything that we eat has an effect on the body. During digestion, food is broken down into its basic elements, most notably carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Vitamins and minerals contained in food are absorbed – as are unhealthy fats, refined carbohydrates, and other non-desirables.
Put simply, what food enters our mouths determines how our body functions. In this regard, the levels of inflammation are no different.
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