Exclude foods that are highly processed, very sweet, and/or too greasy, as these tend to stimulate and promote inflammation in the body. In particular, stay away from these foods:
- Refined starches and high-sugar foods, especially soda, sweet drinks, and high-carb pastries
- Processed or high-fat red meat, such as hotdogs
- Whole milk, cheese, and butter, all of which contain a high amount of saturated fat. Substitute these with low-fat dairy products to avoid triggering inflammation.
- Fried foods like fried chicken and French fries
- Food with trans fats or partially hydrogenated oils, such as margarine and coffee creamers
- Gluten-rich grains, such as rye, barley, and wheat
With just a little effort, anyone can make the switch to an anti-inflammatory diet by observing the simple guidelines above. The rewards will be tremendous, even if you don’t have an overactive immune system. An anti-inflammatory diet is, after all, a healthy, clean, and wholesome way of eating that dietitians and nutritionists have been recommending all along.