Red Alert: These Are the 4 Worst Foods That Cause Inflammation
Inflammation is one of the body's natural mechanisms for increasing blood flow—as well as antibodies and proteins—to an area to fight infections, injuries, or toxins in an attempt to heal itself. When it happens occasionally, known as acute inflammation, it's a positive response (think about a bruise or swollen ankle that only lasts a few days). But when inflammation becomes chronic, it can lead to serious health issues such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's, and stroke.
On the up side, food is one of the key natural ways we can control inflammation in the body. There are plenty of healthy ingredients that fight inflammation, as well as a number of foods that worsen it.
Here are the top foods to avoid in order to reduce your body's anti-inflammatory response, according to health experts.