Treat yourself to good health this holiday season by making good choices with your nutrition. The week between the end of the holidays and the new year can be a difficult time to eat healthily. The abundant leftovers, travel, and stress make it easy to compromise and stop by the drive-thru on the way home. But, did you know recent research indicates that the foods you eat can actually impact your likelihood of getting sick?
Why it Matters:
Inflammation can be triggered by the foods you eat, and chronic inflammation has been linked to everything from cancer to heart disease and even arthritis. However, by choosing the right foods, you can not only reduce your risk of illness but also reduce the prevalence of inflammation in your body.
- The foods you eat can either increase or decrease the inflammatory disease process.
- Fried foods, refined carbohydrates, and sweet drinks cause inflammation and have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
- Fruits and vegetables are high in natural antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Eating good, healthy food doesn’t need to be boring. Everyone on our team has a favorite tasty (and healthy) meal. So, if you are struggling to come up with ideas on how you can eat health, let us know! We would be happy to share some of our favorite meals to help inspire you this holiday season!
Foods that fight inflammation. Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 2017