Vegetables and other healthy foods can help you counteract the negative effects of inflammation. Did you know that there are two types of inflammation, the body’s response to injury? Acute inflammation is painful but essential because, by telling the body that injured tissues require immediate attention, it triggers immune reactions that help us heal. Chronic inflammation, however, …
Foods that Reduce Inflammation
Eating foods that reduce inflammation rather than foods that raise it is equivalent to making food choices that will boost athletic performance as oppose to rob you of it. Let’s first clarify what inflammation is in this context and why it’s harmful to health, fitness and performance.
The word “inflammation” is a buzzword thrown around these days on the Internet almost as much as “superfoods” and “meal prep.” But what is it, really? In lay terms, inflammation is essentially your body’s response to an injury. From head to toe, that can mean a lot of things. Take a twisted ankle, for instance. You hop off the treadmill the wrong way after slaying a few sprints, and wham: puffiness and bruising. Under the skin’s surface, blood cells are swarming the area to remove damaged and dead cells to help your body heal. That right there is a prime example of inflammation.