ANTI INFLAMMATORY GUIDE
An anti-inflammatory diet focusses on fresh fruits and vegetables. Many plant-based foods are good sources of antioxidants….. like berries, (raspberry, blueberry and strawberry) dark grapes (red and black) cocoa, nuts, leafy greens.
Some foods, however, can trigger the formation of free radicals. Examples include foods that people fry in repeatedly heated cooking oil.
Dietary antioxidants are molecules in food that help remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are the natural byproducts of some bodily processes, including metabolism. The body’s ability to turn air and food into chemical energy depends on a chain reaction of free radicals. Free radical are also a crucial part of the immune system, floating through the veins and attacking ‘foreign invaders’.
However external factors, such as stress and smoking, can increase the number of free radicals in the body. Free radicals can lead to cell damage. This damage increases the risk of inflammation and can continue to a range of diseases.
The body creates some antioxidants that help it remove these toxic substances, but dietary antioxidants can also help. Such as red cabbage, artichokes, Broccoli
Phytonutrients are responsible for giving plant based foods their characteristic colour, aroma and flavour. In other words the more colourful the fruit or veggie the higher the amount of antioxidants it has.
Foods to avoid that cause inflammation in the body:
Foods that help bring down inflammation: