The Paleo Diet and Inflammation

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Chronic inflammation is a serious physical problem for many people. It is a part of so many diseases and conditions that plague us these days: diabetes, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, and many more. Not only are diseases linked to chronic inflammation, joint pain is caused by it. Joint pain is a very serious condition that many people suffer from, and it limits their movement and keeps them sedentary. The Paleo diet can greatly help in reducing and even eliminating chronic inflammation. You will be able to live a longer life and exercise with more ease.

It’s a fact that eating a meal that is high in carbs increases your blood sugar and increases insulin production. This results in fat being deposited in fat calls. It’s also fact that when you eat foods that are high in carbohydrates (such as grains, starches, and sugar-laden foods), it can set inflammatory hormones into high gear. This leads to inflammation of the entire body and can lead to a great number of diseases and conditions. A diet that is high in bad fats can also be a trigger for inflammation.

What is chronic inflammation?

Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s immune system. The foods you eat affect your hormones, and these are powerful signals to the body that determine if your immune system is on or off. Food is directly related to the amount of inflammation in your body. Sometimes, stress can be related to the amount of inflammation in your body. These imbalances can confuse the body and make it think it’s under attack even when it’s not.

It is possible for you to control the inflammation levels in your body by following the Paleo diet. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

Consume a good variety of plant foods. You already know that fruits and veggies are good for you, but did you know that they also offer antioxidants and repair damaged cells? Plant foods have lots of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.

Avoid beans, legumes, and grains. Believe it or not, these foods can increase your risk for inflammatory disease. Many grains and legumes also contain antinutrients that can lead to leaky gut syndrome.

Don’t eat a lot of sugar. You should stay away from processed sugary foods, and you should also keep your fruit intake low. Fruit that contains fructose can impair your body’s ability to handle glucose, leading to insulin resistance over time. It’s okay to eat fruits like apples, plums, kiwi, and pineapple in small quantities.

Eat good fats. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, so be sure to eat plenty of foods like salmon, eggs, leafy greens, and grass-fed meats. (Meat that is grass-fed is lower in saturated fat and higher in anti-inflammatory omega-3 than meat that is grain-fed.) Other good fats include olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and flaxseed oil.


Eat small amounts of nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are great for snacks. They also have lots of vitamins and minerals. However, they contain pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid, so keep nut consumption to a minimum.
James Christopher, Creative Writer