Fighting inflammation is an important part of claiming back good health. So many chronic illnesses and disease are directly linked to high levels of inflammation. But don’t feel that there is nothing you can do because recent research is showing the answer may be laying on your dinner plate.
Certain foods that we eat each day may be playing a role in keeping our inflammation at a destructive level. We also find that supplements and vitamins may also help reduce inflammation and end the chronic trouble caused by high levels of inflammation. But why does our body create inflammation?
Why Do We Have Inflammation?
Is inflammation a bad thing? No, and yes, we need to understand that inflammation is a natural part of our bodies defense system, without any inflammation our bodies would not heal. However, when the inflammation becomes out of control, the pain will begin.
Chronic pain is one of the first indicators that the inflammation is at a high and unsafe level. The amount of inflammation is measured by a C-reactive protein blood test which measures the amount of protein the liver is producing.
So inflammation at an average level will heal our bodies, but inflammation at heightened levels will not only cause chronic pain but will begin to cause damage, sometimes permanent damage to our bodies. So we need to take charge of our health and understand what we can do to reduce the high levels of inflammation. What affects inflammation?
What Affects Inflammation?
Stress plays a significant factor in increasing levels of inflammation, also diet. By changing our diet, we can begin to help heal our bodies. It is a matter of eating foods that contribute to reducing the inflammation and not eating the things that inflammation feeds on. Vitamins like C, E, and Omega supplements may also help play a major part in returning your body to good health.
In Ayurvedic medicine the saying is, loosely quoted, a bad diet, no medicine will help, a good diet, no medicine needed. Taking a positive step toward good health in eating the type of foods that will empower your body to work as it should is better than beginning a regime of prescribed medicine addressing the symptoms and not healing the body.
Due to pain, many people do become part of the quick fix prescription drug answer, only to find out years later their health is much worse than at the start.
Can Diet Play A Part?
Learning that diet can help overcome the destructive cycle of inflammation will be substantial in long term healing. If we empower our bodies to work as they should, as they were made to work, instead of masking the symptoms of pain with medication, we will be on the road to a full recovery.
Giving our bodies the proper foods that are low in refined and processed ingredients is a great first step. It may take effort on your part when shopping for food, but the benefits will outweigh the effort. Learn how sugar and empty carbohydrates are hidden in label information and that eating healthy isn’t always the easiest way to eat, but it will be the best way you can heal your body.
What Foods Can Help?
1. Ginger and Turmeric, ancient cultures valued these two and knew their incredible power to fight inflammation and reduce the associated pain. Try to include it in your meals, take as a tea or take by capsule. There are many brands and options for high-quality ginger and turmeric combination.
2. Omega-3, foods high in omega-3s are important, look for fish like tuna, sardines, mackerel, and salmon. The cold water fish will have the best quality of omegas. Omega is great for reducing inflammation with a great side-effect of reducing your risk for heart disease, and this applies to both men and women. If you don’t like fish you can get good fish oil supplements that contain omegas; Krill oil is an excellent choice and thought to be one of the best sources of natural omegas. Watch the bad omega-6 fatty acids that are found in, once again, processed foods and oils. Whole grain foods, not processed are best as well.
3. Dark Leafy Greens, the darker, the better, have what are known as cytokines which will protect the body against inflammation molecules.
4. Nuts that contain vitamin E and omega-3s are a good choice and a fast, healthy snack.
5. Soy is now proven to reduce inflammation levels in women and reverse the damaging effects.
6. Dairy, low in fat. If you have an intolerance to dairy, then avoid this one. But if you can include it in your daily diet it contains calcium and vitamin D.
7. Tomatoes, chocked full of great vitamins and minerals and contains lycopene which will directly target inflammation in lungs and benefit other areas of the body.
8. Garlic and Onions, a staple of many food cultures they both provide amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Organosulfur, found in garlic, works to lower the properties in the blood that cause inflammation. Quercetin, found in most types of red and yellow onions, calms the inflammation found in arthritis sufferers.
9. Olive Oil, there is no wonder it has been a sought after part of many food cultures for thousands of years. Just about everyone knows that it is a healthy fat, plant bases and containing heart-healthy perks with vitamin E and gamma-tocopherols. But did you know that it contains oleocanthal which has the effects of ibuprofen?
10. Tart Cherries, these yummy little guys contain the highest anti-inflammatory properties of any single food. Research is showing that it reduces up to 50% of inflammation in laboratory mice and is already a known aid in recovering quickly from muscle pain with athletes. But the studies have shown it has to be the tart ones. These are great for general health and well-being.
Also whole grains, not processed or bleached. The labels are tricky so know what you are looking for before you go shopping.
What Are C-Reactive Proteins?
C-reactive Protein or CRP is a non-specific disease marker produced by the liver. The level of this protein is measured by a blood test which indicates the amount of inflammation present in the body. This test will not show the exact area of inflammation or the cause; another test must be done to target these questions.
Diet change is the first recommendation to reduce and manage a high level of CRP. White sugar, processed foods, and refined grains can all be part of the cause, eliminating these will be a good first step. Recent studies show that vitamin C may be an important supplement to include in your fight against inflammation. Reducing stress is also an important part of controlling chronic high levels of CRP.
What Foods To Avoid?
Avoiding processed, bleached and sugar added foods will take some diligence on your part while shopping. A natural food grocery store will have better choices available, and more options for healthy food choices. Remember, after two weeks of doing something it can become a habit, so make good habits by choosing the right foods and include a practice of detoxing too.
Detox To Fight Inflammation
Following a proper diet, adding vitamins and supplements to your diet to reduce inflammation only needs one more step to give your body a fighting chance to recover and heal. Detox. While your body is fighting for its life, go that extra step and detox on a regular basis. There are many detox diets and liquid recipes available, but getting in the habit of detoxing will bring you the most benefit. A infrared sauna is ideal for detoxing and many other health benefits and easy to make a fun habit for your full health regime.