Inflammation is how the immune system naturally protects our body from infection by things like viruses or bacteria. The problem is, that sometimes the inflammatory process can get out of control, causing your body to suffer.
When it begins to rage out of control, inflammation can cause complications from you head to your toes. It can cause arthritic pain, alopecia, gout, breathing disorders, mental illness, fatigue, and the list goes on!
I have dealt with chronic inflammation for what seems like as long as I can remember. I’m 26 years old and have dealt with continuous joint pain, sciatica, migraines, seasonal allergies, and digestive issues all that can be attributed to excessive inflammation. It’s important to keep it under control and keep these unwanted symptoms at bay.
Although you don’t want to inhibit all inflammation (remember inflammation is a necessary and natural bodily process), it can’t hurt to take a few extra steps to prevent it happening excessively and chronically.
Why not start with your diet?
- Green Leafy Vegetables – think spinach, kale, and Swiss chard for example. These foods contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids and antioxidants that work to restore cellular health.
- Broccoli – we eat a good bit of broccoli in our house! It’s a staple item around here. Broccoli is chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, flavonoids, and carotenoids. These components help the body fight stress and battle inflammation and lowers the risk of cancer development.
- Blueberries – these yummy little guys contain quercitin, a flavonoid that fights inflammation and cancer! Some studies even show that they may be able to slow cognitive decline and improve memory and motor function.
- Pineapple – contain the digestive enzyme bromelain, known to prevent your blood’s platelets from sticking together or building up on the walls of the vessels. This could reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Salmon – first off, not much is better than a perfectly seared salmon! These pretty little fish are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are potent anti-inflammatory sources. Those healthy fats are also known to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
- Turmeric – the primary compound in this spice, curcumin, is a known active inflammation fighting agent. Some studies suggest that it may be a more potent anti-inflammatory treatment than NSAIDs.
- Ginger – this little spice is well praised in Ayurvedic medicine for multiple purposes due to its ability to break down accumulated toxins in the organs. It puts the productions of toxic free radicals and compounds that create inflammation to a halt!
- Garlic – my favorite herb! I use it nearly every day. This beauty can soothe the inflammation and pain that is caused by arthritis by suppressing the formation of nitric oxide and prostaglandins.
- Celery – contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure levels, and prevent heart disease. The seeds are also useful for reducing inflammation and fighting bacterial infection.
- Chia Seeds & Flax Seeds – both of these little delights are wonderful at reducing inflammation. Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids. They are useful at reversing inflammation, regulating cholesterol levels, and lowering blood pressure, providing excellent heart health properties. Flax contains those omega-3’s as well as phytonutrients and tons of antioxidants. They contain lignans which are known for their benefits in cellular health, anti-aging, and hormone balance.
Even if you aren’t someone who deals with excessive inflammation, it is still worth adding these foods to your menu. Your body will appreciate it!