Chronic inflammation is a serious, modern condition due to the Standard American Diet (SAD) – and due to our over-stressed lives, both external and internal.. External stressors include lack of sleep, overflowing email boxes at work, over scheduled children, and so on. Internal stressors include food sensitivities, inflammation, and prescription drugs (just to name a few).
Prescription drugs provide many benefits, but they DO have their drawbacks. I always encourage people to try to limit their use of prescription drugs. They can kill gut bacteria, so I suggest taking a high quality probiotic along with prescription drugs, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease internal inflammation.
The 5 main inflammatory foods in the SAD are wheat, soy, dairy, nuts, and gluten. Many people I have worked with see improved health when they remove one or all of these from their diet.
Since inflammation is such a problem for many people, incorporating naturally anti-inflammatory foods into your diet can have a real impact on how you feel. To make it even easier, many of these good-for-you foods can be quick snacks!
10 Anti-Inflammatory Snacks
Each of these anti-inflammatory snacks comes with some benefits that fight back against the problems caused by SAD. We can all make healthier decisions and focus on ingredients that help our bodies function better – instead of causing inflammation, discomfort, and illness. Keep these treats in mind next time you’re shopping or reaching into the pantry – and take small steps toward feeding your body the fuel it really needs!