When you hear the word "inflammation", you may instantly think of redness and swelling that happens from things like spraining your ankle or stubbing your toe. That kind of inflammation is your body doing what it is supposed to do. It is working to heal an injury. It's part of our body's immune response. This is normal.
When inflammation lingers and never fully goes away, this is called Chronic inflammation and can trigger several major health issues. Such as Heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, depression and premature death, just to name a few.
Fortunately, we DO have some control of reducing inflammation by eating better foods, reducing or managing stress, improving sleep, and getting more exercise.
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Pro-inflammatory foods in our diets include: highly processed foods(think packaged foods that have long shelf life), fried foods, fatty meats, foods high in sugar, foods high in sodium,...