Have you ever heard the word inflammation before? Not sure as to where and what it comes from, or what it even means? Diet-related inflammation knowledge could be the unknown piece that you are missing in order to live your best, and healthiest life. 

Inflammation is one of the main contributing pieces to stiffness, fatigue, headaches, swelling, long-term health complications; the aches and pains that you are not sure as to why they’re there in the first place, and may not have a clue on how to  feel better moving forward.

There are several different causes of inflammation, but one way that we can avoid it, comes from our diet. Take a step back and evaluate what your current diet is like— if you’re consuming a lot of processed, packaged foods that contain artificial ingredients and bad oils, that may very likely be your answer. Encouraging an organic, wholesome and minimally processed diet will not only help with those aches and pains, but result  in living a longer life. 

While choosing foods in the grocery store, it is crucial to read the ingredients. Label reading is not nearly as important as the ingredient list. A perfect example to label reading not necessarily outweighing ingredient reading is someone turning away from a product  that contains almond flour. Seeing 10g of fat per serving may alarm some, however one ingredient used, such as almonds, is what we want to see! WHILE READING THE INGREDIENTS LIST, you want to see as few ingredients listed as possible!

Bouncing off label reading to avoid inflammation, one also should stay away from inflammatory oils. Oils that you want to avoid include: sunflower oil, corn oil, safflower oil, canola oil, palm oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil and vegetable oil. These conventional oils are all made from GMOs which are detrimental to your health. These omega-6 fatty acids that they’re full of is what promotes inflammation in your body. Oils that you want to have on hand are: extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil. Always opt for cold-pressed and unrefined. Oil sprays are great as well to use “light oil” for some flavor, however you want to make sure that the only ingredient listed is that specific oil. Olive and avocado oil is a wonderful addition to salad dressings, and dipping, whereas coconut oil is best used while baking! If you’re looking to avoid oil completely, try using a non-stick pan and water, vegetable broth or air frying!

Other ways to avoid or *get rid of* diet-related inflammation is by adding in foods and spices that help reduce it tremendously. This includes: pairing turmeric + black pepper, adding garlic + onions to foods, adding ginger, apple cider vinegar, spirulina to shakes and incorporating plenty of antioxidants!  You also want to make sure you are consuming enough water!!

Ultimately, to avoid diet-related inflammation and potential long-term negative health problems, we want to make sure that we are incorporating as many wholesome foods into our diet as possible. This includes making sure to consume a wide-variety of vegetables and fruit (plants), whole grains, nuts and seeds, legumes and lean proteins.

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