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Inflammation and Food

Inflammation and Food

What is inflammation and how does food affect it? Scroll down to learn what it means for your health.

Inflammation occurs when your body reacts to a problem, such as an infection or injury. It’s a normal, healthy response to signal your immune system to fight off the infection or heal the injury. Chronic inflammation is another story. It’s a response by your immune system that sticks around long after the infection or injury. Instigators include an unhealthy diet, exercise avoidance, stress and lack of sleep. This is what can cause damage to your body. Many major diseases – heart disease, stroke, arthritis, diabetes – have been linked to chronic inflammation. 

One of the best tools to help fight inflammation is by eating a diet high in anti-inflammatory foods. A Mediterranean diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils is one of the best diets to follow.

  1. Eat Colorful Fruits and Vegetables. Reach for berries, dark green vegetables, tomatoes, beets, and other brightly colored produce. These foods are known for being anti-inflammatory powerhouses.
  2. Get Your Healthy Fats. Omega-3 fatty acids play a role in regulating the body’s inflammatory process. Omega-3s are found in fish, walnuts, and ground flaxseeds. 
  3. Choose Whole Grains. Avoid or limit white bread, pasta or rice. It can spike your blood sugar, leading to inflammation. Choose brown rice, whole wheat bread or pasta instead. 
  4. Avoid Processed Foods. Deep fried foods and pastries contain unhealthy fats that are linked to inflammation.
  5. Limit Red Meat. Saturated fat can increase inflammation. Try substituting lentils for ground beef. You can make a delicious pasta sauce that is full of inflammation busting ingredients

A diet full of nutrient rich foods and with less processed foods is backed by science. It’s important for reducing chronic diseases and improving mood and overall quality of life.

OWYN’s Protein Shakes are aligned with a healthy diet. They contain plant based ingredients that include dark green vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseeds that provide beneficial nutrients.

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