Here are several other Pro and anti inflammatory foods (they are not all included but just a few to get you started). The term inflammation is when germs invade our bodies, our immune system sends out cells and proteins to kill the invading germs. Our immune system responds with the same cells and proteins in the exactly the same way when cells in our bodies are injured to remove damaged tissue and begins the healing process. As soon as the germs are defeated and/or tissues healed then our immunity stops sending out the large amounts of these cells and proteins. If our immunity stays overactive, we develop inflammation in which these same cells and proteins attack and damage our good cells. Chronic inflammation damages healthy tissues in the body to cause many diseases as in heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, etc.
According to Dr. Gabe Mirkin:
Pro-inflammatory foods turn on your immunity to cause your cells and proteins to attack and damage your normal cells.
- Sweetened beverages (i.e. sodas, juices, etc) and sugar added foods
- Foods made with flour and other refined carbohydrates
- Red Meats (from mammals)
- Processed meats
- Butter, margarine, shortening, lard
- Fried foods
Anti-inflammatory foods dampens down the response to protect your cells from damage and overactive immunity.
- Whole Grains
- Coffee & tea
- Fatty fish ie. salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines
- Spices, i.e. cinnamon, turmeric, ginger (preferably fresh)