One of the top leading “killers” so to speak in today’s society is excess inflammation. While inflammation per say is unlikely to become fatal, the problem is with what’s associated with the inflammation.
When inflammation is high in your body, there is usually a lot of free-radical damage to innocent cells and tissues. Inflammatory markers are usually elevated if you have…
- heart disease,
- Type 2 diabetes,
- chronic fatigue syndrome, and
- autoimmune conditions disorders such as lupus, multiple sclerosis or Chron’s disease.
In short, inflammation must be stopped. One of the best ways to prevent high inflammation levels in your body is through making a few smart changes to your lifestyle.
Along with getting sufficient sleep at night, the foods you eat on a daily basis will also contribute to bettering or worsening inflammation. Let’s go over a few of the best foods to eat if you want to get this health issue under control…
1. Olive Oil. One of the frequently used healthy fats, olive oil, is perfect for combating inflammation. This unsaturated oil is excellent for drizzling on top of salads and in addition to decreasing inflammation levels can also help to lower your risk of developing heart disease.
As it has a lower smoke point, avoid using olive oil, especially extra-virgin olive oil, at high cooking temperatures.
2. Flaxseed Oil Or Ground Flaxseed. The next way to beat inflammation is to add flaxseed to your meal plan…
- sprinkle these on your morning bowl of oatmeal,
- add flaxseed to your pancake or muffin recipe, or
- use the oil when cooking a different dishes.
Flaxseed contains essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are a must if you hope to promote longevity.
3. Avocados. Need a creamy substitute for mayonnaise? Try avocado. Avocado is often overlooked as a healthy fat and is ideal for combating inflammation and will also leave your skin and hair looking their best.
As an added benefit, avocados are also an excellent source of dietary fiber and will help Type 2 diabetics stabilize their blood sugar levels.
4. Fatty Fish. Finally, don’t overlook fatty fish. You should aim to eat at least two servings of fatty fish – salmon or mackerel – each and every week.
Fatty fish is excellent as it will provide omega-3 fatty acids, which help control inflammation by improving your omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio. People who have too much omega-6 in their meal plan are pro-inflammatory, so this needs to be controlled.
If you focus on adding these foods into your diabetic meal plan on a regular basis, you can feel confident you are doing your part to combat inflammation throughout your body and helping to stabilize your blood sugar level.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.