Are you one of the many people that live with inflammation?
Inflammation contributes to many debilitating, chronic illnesses and most people experience it at some level on a daily basis. We have some tips for you to stop inflammation in it’s tracks!
What is Inflammation Anyway?
Inflammation simply puts a non-specific response to cell injury. The injury may occur due to trauma, infection or auto-immune responses. This complicated process involves white blood cells, blood vessels, and chemical mediators. The body relies on the inflammatory process for its protection. Inflammation destroys organisms such as viruses and bacteria to prevent their reproduction and propagation in our tissues. It also limits the tissue damage to a limited area and slows the spread of invading microbes. It is also responsible for clearing debris and making way for the repair of injured tissues and organs.
Many factors cause the body to experience inflammatory response. Sometimes tissue damage may play a part, and sometimes infection will cause inflammation. Genetics plays a significant role because illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis can be passed on through families. Diet and germs may also be contributor as the food you eat and the bacteria and pollutants in your environment may cause flair ups. In fact diet is known to be the number one cause of chronic-inflammation in the body.
If you’re experiencing inflammation it’s time to incorporate these five foods in your diet today!
Ginger contains a soothing component and contains a rich amount of potassium. It has been said to help reduce the risks of getting colon Cancer which is usually acquired by people who don’t live healthy lifestyles. These are the people who don’t exercise regularly and do not eat nutritious foods. The soothing content of ginger can help you relax. It also contributes to breaking down the accumulation of toxins in your organs. Add fresh ginger to your smoothies and juices, add it to your stir fry’s or grated into a salad.
Turmeric has an amazing active anti-inflammatory component called curcumin. It is known to fight against inflammation in various circumstances. Due to its high anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is highly effective at helping people manage rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. You can add ground turmeric to almost any meal. Try it with scrambled eggs in the morning or toss it with roasted vegetables. You could even try a turmeric latte!
Omegas 3’s are very efficient in curing inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids have natural anti-inflammatory properties, therefore foods that are rich in Omega 3 are good for alleviating inflammation. Good sources of Omega 3’s include oily fish, flaxseeds/linseeds, walnuts, chia seeds and hemp seeds. You could also look at supplements like a good quality fish oil or Udo’s oil for a vegetarian option.
Green leafy vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants that restore cellular health, as well as anti-inflammatory flavonoids. Vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale will help to significantly and naturally reduce inflammation.
Bone broths contain minerals that your body can easily absorb. They include chondroitin sulfates and glucosamine that contribute to reducing inflammation, joint pain and arthritis. If you’re suffering from inflammation, start consuming bone broth! It contains collagen and amino acids that can help heal damaged cell walls of the inflamed gut. Bone Broth is super easy to make and you can have it on a daily basis. Serve it up as a hot drink in the morning, add it to your soups and curries or cook your veggies in it.
Taking foods for reducing inflammation is a natural approach for healing your body and one that can limit the need for prescription medications. Everyone is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to any imbalance.
Good news… we can help!
If you have any symptoms of inflammation, we recommend you come in and speak to one of our qualified, registered health practitioners. Ensuring your diet is well balanced and right for you along with other preventative measures such as spinal adjustments are great ways to help stop and prevent inflammation. Book online today to make an appointment!