Our immune system is functioned to attack anything in our body that it recognizes as foreign and unfamiliar— such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. The process is called inflammation. In some cases, inflammation persists, even when we are not threatened by a foreign invader.
How do we put a stop to this? One of the most potent ways to battle inflammation doesn’t come from the pharmacy or from our doctor, but from the grocery store. Our diet is a good place to start.
Choosing the right food may be able to reduce our risk of inflammation, or any kind of illness in general. Unhealthy foods may also contribute to weight gain, which is itself a risk factor for inflammation. Constantly picking the wrong ones could accelerate the inflammatory disease process.
Keep reading to find out what you can add to your diet to reduce the risk of inflammation.
Red meat has reasonably earned its bad reputation. It’s much higher in cholesterol and salt, which can cause inflammation. To get the right amounts of protein, switch to fish — like salmon, snapper, tuna, cod, halibut, and bass —which are all high in omega-3 fatty acid, which also helps to decrease inflammation.
Nuts and Fruits
For healthy snacking, try nuts and fruits. Walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, and hazelnuts are all great choices. They’re high in omega-3 fatty acids as well.
Why don’t you try replacing processed snack food with an array of fruits like apples, blueberries, cherries, pineapple, raspberries, and strawberries? The antioxidants in fresh fruits and veggies are sure to help your body fight off free radicals that can cause cellular damage.
This one tastes so good that we put up with the bad breath afterward. But the powerful little garlic also packs a punch in the healthy-food department and works great for swollen joints
Thankfully, eating healthy doesn’t mean missing out on our favorites. Chocolates — that is at least 70 percent pure cocoa is the way to go. Opt for dark chocolate for a healthier treat.
This spicy root has gained a following for its nausea-calming powers, but it has another trick up its sleeve — inflammation crushing. Studies have associated the root to lowered post-exercise inflammation and a drop in joint pain caused by the chronic inflammatory conditions osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Peppers have high quantities of antioxidant vitamins and lower levels of starch. Hot peppers (like chili and cayenne) are rich in capsaicin, a chemical that’s used in topical creams that reduce pain and inflammation.
Replace unhealthy eats like processed foods and alcohol with super foods like those mentioned above. Remind yourself that fresh is best because that’s when are at their highest.
We all should eat healthy, but now that you know that our diet can treat swelling and inflammation? It makes even more sense to eat healthy.