Inflammation is increasingly becoming a widespread problem for people from all walks of life. It can trigger a variety of issues, from chronic fatigue, poor nutrient absorption and digestion, a sluggish metabolism, skin problems like acne, psoriasis and eczema, ongoing depression, forgetfulness and the onset of disease. Inflammation can affect anyone, regardless of how healthy someone’s outward appearance may be, how old they are or how in shape they might be considered. This is why building a diet that is mostly comprised of anti-inflammatory food is so crucial in creating a healthy, happy body and mind.
If you’re experiencing issues like skin rashes that don’t go away, consistent lethargy, forgetfulness, excess weight around the midsection, joint pain, or digestive problems that persist no matter how well you eat and sleep, chronic inflammation is likely the culprit. Incorporating anti-inflammatory food choices into your daily diet can help alleviate the damage being done by inflammation instigating foods and set you on the road to recovery and an improved quality of life. Some of the immediate improvements can include reduced skin inflammation and flare-ups, decreased bloating and better digestion, deeper sleep, faster recovery when exercising, and improved moods.
Highly processed, sugar-laden, fat and sodium overloaded foods aren’t just triggers for unwanted weight gain due to the overconsumption of unhealthy fats and refined carbohydrates, but a myriad of the aforementioned negative repercussions. When these foods move through the digestive tract, they irritate the lining of the gut, called the villi, making it difficult for the villi to grab onto important nutrients. Those nutrients are then, ultimately, lost in the process, leaving the body deprived of the intake it needs for optimal wellness. Over time, nutrient deficiencies create chronic problems and eventually leave room for the onset of disease, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Anti-inflammatory foods are much more efficiently metabolized and do not irritate the lining of the gut, are digested at a slower rate and are rich in nutrients that our bodies need. They offer plenty of variety for creating balanced meals and provide a wide flavor profile, making it easy to appease any appetite.
If you aren’t already making dietary choices that include anti-inflammatory foods, and you’re looking for ways to increase your overall wellbeing, trading out inflammation promoting foods with healthier, inflammation fighting options will make a world of difference over time. Choosing grocery items such as eggs, avocados, spaghetti squash, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, fish, hormone-free chicken, grains like quinoa or brown rice, citrus fruits, raw nuts, fresh vegetables and replacing canola or vegetable oils with coconut, avocado or olive oil, are great places to start. Using herbs and spices to enhance your meals is another great way to incorporate nutrient packed ingredients.
After beginning to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods to your life, it’s important to remember that immediate changes and results can occur, and some relief will happen right away, but it is the progression over consistent time that creates lifelong benefits and an improved level of wellness.
Kelsey Lee is a fitness and lifestyle personality. Her experience ranges from the aesthetics spectrum of body transformations, to the dynamics of everyday functionality – always including proper and practical nutrition, cardiovascular, resistance and core training. Kelsey Lee creates candid mix and match workouts, v-log and adventure videos. She loves to help people from all walks of life, make fit matter and live more intentionally, and has been doing so since 2005. Follow her on Instagram: @kelseyleedotcom