Natural Anti-Inflammatory Food Diets
Everyone is familiar with the signs of inflammation: redness, swelling and pain but does everyone know what inflammation actually is? Inflammation is the first response that the immune system takes to any infection or irritation. Infection is pretty straight-forward but what constitutes irritation? This can often be confusing and many people are surprised to learn that our weight and the foods we eat can be a source of irritation to our bodies and, therefore, a source of inflammation.
Inflammatory Diet Foods
Diets that are high in refined and/or processed foods can be a root cause of general inflammation. Foods like margarine, potato chips and other baked goods that contain hydrogenated vegetable oils and foods that have a high sugar content can also be culprits. Other foods that can cause inflammation include organ meats, fried foods, fast food, hot dogs and other lunch meats, sodas and sugar.
The way we prepare our food also contributes to the problem. Many people don’t stop and think about the way they are cooking. Frying, barbecuing, microwaving and other high-temperature cooking destroys the enzymes in foods which will make them more inflammatory.
Foods For Inflammation
Thankfully, there are foods that have natural anti-inflammatory properties. Making even small changes in your diet will help immensely. It can take years to break bad habits so don’t be too hard on yourself. Making small changes over time is a great way to be sure to stick to a new diet long-term. Some foods to add to your diet include:
– Vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, green beans, kale, leeks, olives, spinach, sweet potatoes and chard.
– Fruits like apples, avocados, blueberries, kiwi, kumquats, lemons, limes, mulberries, oranges, papaya, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes and rhubarb.
– Herbs and Spices like basil, cayenne or chilli peppers, cinnamon, cloves, licorice, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme, turmeric.
– Nuts and Seeds: almonds, flaxseed, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, walnuts.
– Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– Ocean Fish
– Green Tea
Foods That Are Anti-Inflammatory
The best way to eat these foods is in their natural state. However, most people don’t like to eat like rabbits and prefer even their veggies to be cooked. To cook your vegetables for maximum benefit, steam them rather than cooking them on the stovetop or in the microwave. Brown or roast your meats rather than frying and, if you get tired of fruit, try making a smoothie with fresh fruit and unpasteurized yogurt.
A good start to your new diet is a detox of your body. The supplements SilaLive silica complex will cleanse your colon and rid your body of heavy metals, toxic substances, pollutants and pesticides found in many foods. Cleansing your body naturally will not only rid inflammation but give you (and your body) a great jump-start to your new, healthier lifestyle.