Anyone who wants to embrace healthy eating can’t go wrong by tracking what foods in their diet can lead to inflammation. According to The Cleveland Clinic, your body triggers an immune system response when it thinks bacteria or other pathogens have invaded. Your body initially sends cytokines and other inflammatory cells to fight the problem and start the healing process, leading to swelling, pain, flushed skin, and more.
Sometimes, acute inflammation occurs when you injure yourself, but chronic inflammation can also occur. This type of inflammation takes place when your body triggers an immune system response, despite not being in danger. Chronic inflammation can lead to a variety of diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. While certain medical conditions can lead to this malady, those who smoke, have high BMIs, and drink alcohol excessively can experience this condition.
Certain foods, like fried food or processed meats also trigger inflammation. Keeping track of what items make this condition worse can help you feel better in the long run. While many items clearly make inflammation worse, some items sneak by and can trigger a response.
Excerpted from Eat This, Not That!