Kellyann Petrucci, ND, a leading naturopathic physician and nutritionist, is an inflammation expert. This week, we're sharing Dr. Petrucci's expertise in a series on fighting inflammation for optimal health. To learn more, check out her new mindbodygreen course, Beat Inflammation: A 21-Day Plan for Glowing Skin, Long-Term Weight Loss, and Vibrant Health.
Are you battling a weight problem, think you look older than your age, or feel tired and sick all the time? Then I recommend tackling the underlying cause: chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation occurs when your immune system’s switch gets stuck in the “on” position. As a result, it wages a continuous war on your own cells—a war that packs pounds on you (especially around your waistline), ages you quickly, and damages your body.
I believe the best way to combat chronic inflammation is through diet. In my practice, I put patients on an anti-inflammatory diet of high-quality proteins, bone broth, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits, and nuts. This is the natural diet we’re genetically programmed to need, and it helps to put out those internal flames.
But healing chronic inflammation isn’t just about adding anti-inflammatory foods—it’s also about getting rid of pro-inflammatory foods. And while you probably know that sugar and white flour are pro-inflammatory, other culprits may surprise you.
Here are some allegedly “healthy” foods that could actually fan the fire inside you: