Inflammation and digestive health issues affect many of those diagnosed with diabetes. A new report from details how certain foods may contribute to those issues. It states that diet has the largest influence on reducing inflammation.

Nearly 80 percent of immune system functions begin in the digestive system. “Chronic inflammation is a result of an immune system that is actually working overtime, attacking important cells in the muscles, joints and even blood,” says

The Food We Eat

Processed foods, simple carbohydrates and sugar contribute to inflammation by increasing blood sugar levels, which trigger an inflammatory response. Reducing inflammation is possible by increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids, typically found in fatty fish and nuts.

Environmental Factors

Poor diet isn’t the only culprit. Environmental factors like physical and emotional stress, toxins exposure, pesticides and chemicals in food can increase cortisol and insulin levels in our bodies. Even in low doses, cleaning products, hormones in meats and heavy metals in water can also contribute to inflammation.

Anti-inflammatory Foods

Paying attention to your diet is the best way to combat inflammation. By looking at the glycemic index (GI) you can take an important step in controlling inflammation. Foods with a high GI index should be avoided, because they may quickly increase your blood glucose levels. These foods include:

  • White flour

  • White rice

  • Sugar

Replace these foods with items like:

  • Whole grains

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Nuts

  • Beans and legumes

  • Fatty fish

Always speak with you doctor before making any changes to your diet. Inflammation and digestive health may be controlled by diet, but it’s important to remember that exercise also plays a role in fighting inflammation. Keeping active and watching your diet are great tips for fighting inflammation and maintaining good digestive health.

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