Inflammation happens when there is trauma, large or small, and when there is minor irritation, though depending on where it can be major.  Inflammation is a natural part of the healing process but in order for healing to be complete the body must resolve the inflammation.  Here is where the process gets stuck most of the time.  If the exudate, the fluid that is inflammation, is left in the area it begins to chemically irritate the surround tissues instead of promoting healing, it causes more irritation, leading to more inflammation and more and more…..and the healing cycle breaks down!  Why would that be?  Well, a closer look at the foods we consume could shed some light on this process.

The following is list of 14 foods that by their very make up create chronic low grade inflammation that the body cannot turn off.   When you realize how insidious this list is you begin to realize why Inflammation has gotten a bad rap.  It’s not the problem, it’s the symptom that something is wrong and it’s likely the food you are eating.

  • Sugar
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Fried Foods
  • Refined Flour
  • Dairy
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Artificial Additives
  • Saturated Fats
  • Conventional Grain Fed Meats
  • Processed Meats
  • Gluten form Store Bought Bread
  • That Second Round of Alcohol
  • Trans Fats
  • Fast Food

Not leaving you with only the bad news, here’s an even bigger, better list of 30 anti-inflammatory foods.  Have at it!!

Blueberries |  Raw Oats | Ginger |  Green Tea | Dark Chocolate |  Wild Salmon |  Red Peppers |  Turmeric |  Beets | Broccoli |  Black Beans |  EVOO |  Tomatoes |  Chia Seeds |  Pineapple |  Spinach |  Whole Grains |  Eggs |  Garlic |  Oysters |  Kamut |  Yogurt |  Apples |  Nuts |  Canned Light White Tuna |  Rosemary |  Bone Broth |  Coconut Oil |  Raw Honey |  Miso

So how many of the first list can you replace the above list with?  My pick of the day.  Coconut oil for vegetable oil!!  And by the way coconut oil is a saturated fat, but a very good one!!  With antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal properties it helps your immune system fight the good fight. One more coconut oil detail.  If you like the smell of coconut look for centrifugal pressed coconut oil.  It retains that lovely tropical smell.  If you want no part of that, expeller pressed is the one you want.

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About The Author:  Dr. Mary Grace Pennella – Stillpoint Family Chiropractic is a brain-based, family wellness center. At our practice, you will find that Dr. Mary Grace Pennella, or “Dr. P” as we call her, is in love with the healing power of chiropractic, but she is also adamant about helping her patients to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. By creating a customized wellness program for each new patient, and by using professional expertise in chiropractic, pediatrics, kinesiology, and nutrition, Dr. Pennella will use the most gentle, modern, and effective techniques to make your body function optimally, and to avoid future illness.

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  1. Kelei Leak

    Thank you for this excellent checklist!!