Fight inflammation naturally by changing how you eat
Do you suspect you might need to try the anti-inflammation diet? Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. That’s the case with inflammation. It’s a completely normal and necessary response in the body that occurs when your immune system tries to defend against infection and injury. Get a cut and your immune system rushes cells to the area to protect and repair it. But when your body continually senses that it’s under attack, that urge to protect doesn’t get turned off, leading to what’s known as chronic inflammation, explains Desiree Nielsen, a registered dietitian in Vancouver and author of Un-Junk Your Diet: How to Shop, Cook and Eat to Fight Inflammation and Feel Better Forever.
There are a number of reasons why our immune system can be permanently turned on, she says, like oxidative damage to cells and tissue due to chronic stress, a terrible diet or low-grade infection, she explains. Most importantly, chronic inflammation can lead to other health problems, she says. “You get this cycle that can lead to all sorts of chronic disease outcomes.” These include heart disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and arthritis. Plus, there’s evidence that there’s an overzealous immune system response to Alzheimer’s, diabetes, acne, eczema and irritable bowel syndrome. For all these reasons, reducing inflammation should be a priority.
The good news is: You can make changes just by switching up what you eat. Ready to help your body keep its cool? Below are eight tips to get you started on an anti-inflammation diet.