What is Dietary Inflammation?

Inflammation plays a vital role in the human body's immune response - without it, we would not be able to heal. According to Medline Plus, the body's inflammatory response occurs when tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins, heat or any other cause. When your cells are in distress, they release chemicals to alert the immune system, which sends its first responders (inflammatory cells) to isolate the foreign substance or heal the tissue. As these events unfold, blood vessels leak fluid into the site of the injury, causing the telltale swelling, redness and pain.

However, when inflammation remains a constant physiological response, your body no longer has the ability to turn of the inflammatory response and it starts damaging healthy tissue in your body. Many major diseases that plague today's society - cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer's - have been linked to chronic inflammation.

So, how can you stop this cascade of events before it even starts? It all begins with your gut health.

"Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to quell inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator." - Harvard Health Publications

One of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation may be foods or beverages that include anti-inflammatory effects. Consider including fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and healthy oils in your diet. A more natural, less processed diet can have a noticeable effect on your physical and emotional health. Include the right foods in your diet and, not only are you reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but you are also improving your overall quality of life!

Stay tuned next week for what specific anti-inflammatory foods you can include in your diet for your best gut health!

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