Inflammation triggers include smoking and chronic stress, Carl warns.
But a common cause is an unhealthy diet. “This includes eating too much processed food high in sugar, foods high in saturated fat and refined carbohydrates,” Vanessa says.
According to the British Journal of Nutrition, nutrients in foods with antiinflammatory properties appear to hinder the production of the chemicals that trigger inflammatory processes.
Your body creates chemicals, both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory, called prostaglandins.
Indulging in the wrong foods, such as a diet high in processed food, leads to the creation of excessive amounts of inflammatory prostaglandins.
Nutrients in healthier foods allow your body to produce more anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, reducing inflammation.
And you don’t even have to change your diet that much to help your body to produce the good prostaglandins. Simply eat more fruit, vegetables, oily fish and certain bulbs and spices such as garlic and turmeric, says Professor Christopher Cannon of Harvard Medical School in the book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Anti-inflammation Diet.
The good news is our diets can help us control the levels of disease-causing inflammation in our bodies