Inflammation-what is it and how do I avoid it?
Inflammation is our body's reaction to what we consume that it deems to be a foreign "invader". These "invaders" could be pollen, pesticides, or viruses , to name just a few. If we expose our body to these substances continually, the body's immune system goes into overdrive and causes inflammation. This inflammation can present itself in the form of a rash, headaches, digestive distress like stomach aches and bloating. If left unchecked, inflammation can lead to allergies, asthma, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and more.
There are at least 2,000 strains of bacteria in our gut. The beneficial bacteria are called probiotics, (and help us process food), while other types of bacteria are harmful. The trick is to eat foods that allow the "good bacteria" to flourish. Eating foods that contain "good bacteria" is essential to our overall health.
Here is a list of foods that contain probiotics:
fermented foods like sauerkraut, raw pickles, kimchee
kombucha, raw vinegars
Foods that feed the "good bacteria" are called prebiotics. They are:
It helps to reduce your sugar intake and cut back on foods from a package.