Everyone has some knowledge of the fact that a lot of our lifestyle choices can determine our risk of heart disease and some cancers. Some of the food we choose to eat every day could be doing us more harm than good. Some of the foods that we know are contributors of inflammatory disease are:
- Sugars: This includes sweetened drinks like soft drinks and fruit drinks. Other things that are loaded in sugar include goodies like candy, pastries and other gooey desserts.
- Trans Fats: These are located in deep fried foods and fast foods. Many commercially prepared foods (such as ready to eat snacks and meals) contains trans fats as well.
- Dairy Products: Items like milk, butter, cheese and other dairy products contain partially hydrogenated oil. Everyday foods like cookies, crackers, cakes, and boxed cereals can also have hidden dairy content.
- Processed Meats: Any meat that has been highly salted, smoked, cured, or chemically preserved fits in this category. Lean cuts of meat and grass-fed types are preferred.
- Alcohol: High alcohol consumption contributes to diseases of the liver, larynx and the esophagus. Almost any alcohol is included in this group including beers and wine and other liquor.
Inflammation is the human body's response and reaction to injury and infection. This action acts is a defense mechanism that sends nutrients to the areas that need them the most. When you have a cut or infection your body tries to take care of that condition with white blood cells and other responses that will kill the bacteria and start the healing process. The blood flow increase makes our bodies create redness, warmth, swelling and pain. All of these are signs you would think of with "inflammation." The causes of chronic inflammation can include conditions such as being overweight or having a lot of stress.
It is not yet 100 percent proven that inflammation can cause cardiovascular disease, but inflammation is commonly found in patients with heart disease and also contributes to several other conditions. One good piece of news is that some cholesterol-lowering medications show that they help with the reduction of arterial inflammation.
In order to limit inflammation in our bodies, it is important follow a few tips: exercise regularly, eat fresh and healthy foods whenever possible, and refrain from smoking. Although those suffering from inflammation might not feel well enough to exercise and practice healthy choices, the decision to do so can be vital to their overall health.