Inflammation – The Body’s First Line of Defence

Inflammation is the body’s first defence against infection, but when it goes awry, it can lead to heart attacks, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s and a host of other diseases.

How can a simple infection lead to heart attacks and cancer? It’s the first response of your immune system to an infecting organism or foreign material that trips a switch leading to a “cascade” of biochemical events. Fluid floods the infected area along with a dozen different chemicals including white blood cells and histamine – all capable of producing the signs of inflammation – redness, swelling, and pain.

Foods that are inflammatory
Wheat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, red meat, processed foods

Choosing Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Fats and Oils. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold-water oily fish, flax seeds, canola oil and pumpkin seeds. Olive oil, avocado and nuts have been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Other healthful oils include rice bran oil, grape seed oil, and walnut oil.

Fruits and Vegetables. Whole fruits, berries and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Choose green and brightly colored vegetables, and whole fruits.

By reducing the inflammatory foods and increasing the anti-inflammatory foods we can reduce the total amount of inflammation occurring in the body. At the same time we are alkalising the body and providing plenty of anti-oxidants to quench oxidative stress.

In this way a healthy diet contributes to healthy body processes and reduces chronic diseases, obesity and early aging.

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