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INFLAMMATION IS A VITAL PART OF THE BODY’S IMMUNE AND DEFENSE SYSTEM, BUT OUR DIET AND LIFESTYLE SOMETIMES CONTRIBUTE TO UNNECESSARY AND PROBLEMATIC INFLMAMATION. WHAT YOU FEED YOUR BODY CAN EITHER HELP OR HINDER THE HEALING PROCESS… SO WHAT WILL YOU CHOOSE?
Inflammation can present itself as muscle or joint pain, allergies, low energy, weight gain and other medical issues, and there are two primary forms of inflammation: acute and chronic.
Although inflammation can often be painful, without it, wounds would not heal, and infections could become deadly.
Whether you’re experiencing acute of chronic inflammation, it can be a painful and frustrating experience whilst you wait for your body to heal itself. While medication and other treatments are very important, many experts say that adopting an anti-inflammatory diet can help, too.
To help fight inflammation, be sure to incorporate these super foods into your diet.
Oatmeal, brown rice, whole-wheat bread and other unrefined grains tend to be high in fibre, which is known to help reduce inflammation.
High in fibre, beans are also loaded with antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory substances.
Green tea can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and obesity, due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, especially a substance called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG inhibits inflammation by reducing pro-inflammatory cytokine production and damage to the fatty acids in your cells.
One of the most well-known anti-inflammatory superfoods, curcumin is the active compound in Turmeric and is an extremely potent antioxidant that can help to relieve swelling in the body. It’s a bioactive substance and helps to fight inflammation at a cellular level.
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Full of healthy fats (including polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats) that helps stop inflammation, nuts also contain protein to help you feel full. They also contain Vitamin E, which can protect the body from harmful free radicals. However, keep in mind that the fat and calories in nuts can add up, so moderate your intake where possible.
Olive oil contains polyphenols, nutrients that prevent the release of inflammatory compounds.
Tomatoes are rich in nutrients that fight against inflammation, including the phytochemical lycopene, which is a type of carotenoid with antioxidant properties. They are also a good source of vitamin C. Together, these nutrients can increase antioxidant activity, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol.
Also within the WelleCo SUPER BOOSTERS – Detoxifying Liver Tonic, Schisandra is a medicinal berry with multiple healing properties, which has been extensively used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Thanks to its high concentration of antioxidant compounds, it helps fight free radical damage and lowers inflammatory responses. It also stalls the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), balances blood sugar, prevents diabetes, supports proper adrenal function, improves liver health and brings the body to an optimal acid-base balance.
Did you know that between 70-80% of your immune system is housed in your gut? If you don’t nourish your gut, it will be more susceptible to attacks from bad bacteria, inflammation and other gastrointestinal discomforts such as bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Feeding your gut with the good bacteria contained in fermented foods and liquids – like Kombucha – gives your immune system a fighting chance to fend off unwanted bacteria.
Add it to your diet at least once a week. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, tuna and sardines helps to fight inflammation. In particular, fatty fish contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which have significant anti-inflammatory effects.
Grapes contain anthocyanins, which help reduce inflammation, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and eye degeneration. They’re also one of the best sources of resveratrol, an antioxidant compound that lowers blood pressure and increases adiponectin in the body, which assists with maintaining a healthy body weight.
Gingerol, the phytonutrient present in ginger can help fight inflammation. It’s a strong antioxidant that also aids digestion.
Packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals, berries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, which can have anti-inflammatory effects.
Leafy greens are great for your overall health, as well as fighting inflammation. Broccoli, for example, is rich in sulforaphane, an antioxidant that flights inflammation by reducing your levels of cytokines and NF-kB, which drive inflammation.
These little superfoods are packed with potassium, magnesium, fibre and monounsaturated fats, as well as carotenoids and tocopherols, which are linked to reducing your cancer risk.
There are many more strategies to reducing and assisting the body’s healing response to inflammation, but adopting an anti-inflammatory diet is a great and simple place to start… and the benefits can be profound.