February is National Heart Awareness Month and this month I am addressing the link between inflammation and heart disease. Scientist and nutritionist have long known that there is a link between diet and heart disease. But now, more research is emerging between the correlation of inflammation in the body and heart disease. Inflammation is a part of the body’s natural immune response to heal itself from an injury or infection. However, chronic inflammation in the body can cause pain, fatigue and damage to blood vessels. Many foods found in the typical American diet, such as foods high in sugar, saturated and trans fat, can promote inflammation in the body. So how do we protect ourselves against chronic inflammation? A diet rich in antioxidants and healthy fats can provide anti-inflammatory properties that can protect the body from developing risk factors of heart disease.
I hope this month’s newsletter educates and inspires you to fight inflammation for a healthy heart!