Research shows that many of the foods we eat may trigger an inflammatory response which can accelerate inflammation on a cellular level causing inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Research also shows that hormone like substances called leukotriens and prostaglandins are cell messengers for the regulation of the immune and inflammation processes. They are pro inflammatory and can contribute to inflammatory conditions. By consuming an excess amount of inflammatory foods, there is a rise in arachidonic acid in our bodies triggering a cascade of inflammatory responses.
Inflammation is, to come extent, an important body process. It helps to aid and support the healing process. However, it is when it is in abundance, that it becomes problematic and can cause chronic diseases and conditions. It is therefore vital to health to make smart lifestyle choices.
white bread and pastries
high sugar foods
excess dairy if not tolerated well by that individual
excess gluten if not tolerated well by that individual
Healthy fats support the anti-inflammatory response. If inflammation is present, research has shown that an increase of omega 3 fatty acids (found in cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel) can decrease inflammation. Inflammation can also occur if Omega 3 and Omega 6 are not balanced and there is a higher amount of omega 6 in your diet. Omega 6 is found in safflower, soybean, corn and sunflower oils. It is important therefore to be conscious of your intake of these fatty acids.
Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants. These are important in order to combat free radicals which can play a role in chronic inflammatory conditions. It is important to eat an array of fruits and vegetables in order gain the benefits of the variety of antioxidants present in these foods.
Probiotics are bacteria that are found in the gut. They support a healthy digestive system and contribute to a reduction in inflammation in the gastro intestinal tract. Probiotics also encourage efficient digestion of nutrients from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream.
Herbs and spices not only add great flavour to our dishes, they also contain anti inflammatory properties. These include turmeric, clove, cayenne, rosemary, oregano and ginger.
Black tea, white tea and green tea contain antioxidants and polyphenols which both contain anti inflammatory properties.
Here are 4 great places we suggest you purchase your fresh, wholefoods and produce
Harris Farm Market
Aussie Health Products