There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic inflammation. Acute inflammation is body’s natural and helpful immune response to tissue damage (e.g., healing cuts, scrapes and bruises). That’s “good” inflammation. Oppositely, chronic inflammation is when your immune response is damaged and confused; causing plenty of health issues, including destroying healthy cells. That’s “bad” inflammation. Here are 4 ways to fight chronic inflammation.

Include nuts in your diet

What is your favorite nut to snack on? Is it almonds? Walnuts? Pecans? Regardless of your choice, you are fighting inflammation. Studies have shown that nuts reduce inflammation while boosting brain function Due to nuts high fiber content, it makes weight maintenance (and weight loss) easier to accomplish. In a research article, they discovered that nut-rich diet was linked with weight loss (even better than fruits and vegetables). While more studies are needed to conclude that nuts are better than fruits and vegetables in terms of weight loss, this illustrates their effectiveness if included in your daily diet.

Get some sleep

A lot of people inflammation problems because they do not get enough sleep. Also, your energy levels suffer when you don’t get enough sleep. If you are one of these people who use constantly uses caffeine, or worse, energy drinks, to gain energy, know that your body will eventually get use to that. Also, bombarding your body with these products leads to inflammation issues. One thing it will never get used to is a good 7-8 hour sleep session. So start getting your zzzz’s in.

Switch to non-GMO foods

Foods that contain GMO (genetically modified organisms) causes body inflammation. Currently, there are several agricultural products are affected by GMO. There are two types of groups that agricultural products belong to: (1) Foods that have a high risk of being GMO due to being in current commercial production; (2) Foods that are a monitored risk due to being a suspected of GMO contamination or have relatives that have been genetically modified in current commercial production.

List of foods that are a high risk:

  • Canola
  • Corn
  • Alfalfa
  • Cotton
  • Papaya
  • Sugar Beets
  • Yellow Summer Squash
  • Soy
  • Zucchini

List of foods that are a monitored risk:

  • Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip)
  • Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, Siberian kale)
  • Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
  • Cucurbita (e.g. corn squash, delicata squash)
  • Flax
  • Rice
  • Wheat

Unless labeled non-GMO, any of these foods you have are likely contaminated; especially, if you’ve been experiencing inflammation. To combat this, simply switch to the non-GMO version of these food items.

Improve gut health

Gut health is vital to fighting chronic inflammation. 60-70% of your immune system lies in your gut. Overtime, negative lifestyle factors such poor diet removes healthy bacteria from your gut; thus, welcoming chronic inflammation. Eating foods rich with probiotics is the best way to reintroduce healthy bacteria to your gut.

The following is a list of probiotic foods:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Kimchi
  • Kombucha
  • Miso
  • Sauerkraut

Follow those four methods to say goodbye to chronic inflammation.