Inflammation is the body’s natural healing response to stress, trauma, infection and allergens. Stress can arise from:
Acute inflammation is necessary, even good for your body as it is the body’s mechanism to help protect and heal itself. But when it chronically persists it can do more harm than good by destroying the balance in your body. And when your body’s systems experience a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease.
The symptoms of chronic inflammation aren’t as obvious as those of acute inflammation and chronically it manifests itself in different ways from one person to another. Many suffer from its consequences and don’t even realise it, but it can surface in sneaky ways in the form of allergies, skin rashes, achy joints, insomnia, migraines, food allergies, asthma and more.
What you eat can make a tremendous difference in the body’s inflammation levels and there are known foods that cause inflammation (listed below):
By eliminating these foods listed above which is set out in a Paleo diet, we can begin to reduce inflammation.
Traditionally prepared wholefoods, free of pesticides, herbicides and chemicals are ideal, as are grass fed or wild animal foods. The Paleo diet is ideal as it is largely comprised of vegetables, coconut oil, protein and anti-inflammatory fats for example, omega-3 fatty acids like those found in wild-caught seafood.
The Paleo diet is all about eating foods that are NOT going to raise insulin levels, foods that won’t acidify the body and foods that will NOT cause an inflammatory response in the body.