This is another great post from my friends at Bonfire Health about inflammation:
We tend to think of inflammation in terms of injuries such as a sprained ankle or a bug bite – those are what are described as ‘acute inflammation’. There’s a much more insidious and dangerous type of inflammation – chronic low grade or ‘silent’ inflammation caused by our lifestyle choices.
S.A.D. DIET AND INFLAMMATION
By now nearly everyone’s heard of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, but most people don’t know the first thing about what they mean. If a person eats the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.), consisting of packaged processed food that is dominated by wheat flour, vegetable oils and sugars (think cereals, bread, pasta, pizza and all prepared snack foods), they are loading their bodies with omega-6 fats which promote inflammation which causes disease (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune). If on the other hand, a person eats lots of organic vegetables, healthy fats, and quality organic proteins (grass fed beef, organic chicken, pastured pork, etc.), they provide a healthy supply of omega-3 fats which inhibit inflammation and promote health.