When it comes to our food intake, there are always healthier choices. The growth in the number of people afflicted with chronic lifestyle diseases should be a cause for alarm. Busy lifestyle sometimes leads to poor food choices because consumers look for easy-to- prepare, instant dishes that could compromise their health.
Recent studies have shown that chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart failure, and many others stem from inflammation (1). You might be surprised at what inflammation has to do with these diseases. Inflammation is our immune system’s response to fight something that might harm our body.
Our body sends white blood cells to affected area, destroy the threat and repair the tissue. This is a natural inflammatory response, which manifests through swelling, redness, heat or pain.
However, when our body mistakenly responds to a perceived threat, it is placed on “high alert”. If it remains in this state longer, natural protective responses are disrupted, creating a vicious cycle that counters good health. This becomes chronic inflammation triggered by poor diet, smoking, alcohol, stress and other factors. What is alarming is that this condition is also a major contributor to chronic illnesses.
It is always best to maintain a healthy diet to prevent inflammation and other serious diseases. It’s not yet too late to switch to a well-balanced diet. If you are used to buying drinks from popular stores on a daily basis, why not choose the best options that fight inflammation?
We have made things easier for you by listing the top choices of food drinks you should buy the next time you visit Starbucks or Jamba Juice. Check out our colorful infographic below.