Inflammation is one of the most common discomforts in our daily lives. What if I told you that there are ways to reduce inflammation? Though diet is not the only way of managing and preventing chronic inflammation, it can play a crucial role in it. Let’s get into some diets you can consider to help prevent inflammation in your body!
1. Eat Less Sugar!
Cut out the sugar in your life. Taking too much sugar leads to long-term inflammation and an increased risk of contracting other health issues like heart disease and diabetes. Soda is a no-brainer to cut out as it is full of sugar. However, did you know that refined carbohydrates are just as much a problem? Refined carbohydrates are things like bread and rice that have been refined to have less fibre in them. Complex carbohydrates like rolled oats and whole-wheat bread are better alternatives to white bread or rice.
2. Eat Less Fat!
Low-Fat does not mean No-Fat. Fat in the right quantities and of the right type can be good for you. However, saturated and trans fats worsen inflammation. You should reduce or eliminate processed and packaged foods that have trans fats from processed vegetable or seed oil, and baked goods with soybean or corn oil. Always remember to read the label. There are good fats you can eat in moderate quantities like fats from nuts and fish!
3. Eat More Fibre
Fibre comes from eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates. Don’t miss out on nature’s gut cleanser! Fibre will keep you feeling full for longer while helping your digestive system process your food better. A high-fibre diet also has been linked to lower body inflammation levels.
4. Spice up your life!
Curcumin is a compound that can be found in Turmeric and has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Pro tip: Turmeric goes great with chicken and cauliflowers!
5. Drink more water!
Staying hydrated is very important. Your body needs water to survive and thrive. Drink at least 2.7-3.7 Litres of water a day!
If you are wondering what sort of water you should be drinking, read here.