Inflammation is the body’s natural response to an infection or injury during the healing process. The most common example is the swelling that occurs when someone sprains an ankle. This swelling is the first step in the healing process. However, if the body can’t finish up the inflammatory response, this becomes problematic. This unresolved inflammatory response then goes from acute inflammation to chronic inflammation. This can happen throughout the entire body and create an environment that makes us vulnerable to other serious health conditions, such as atherosclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disorders, cancer and a whole other host of chronic issues.
However, there are many foods that can help the body combat inflammation. Below our chiropractors have provided you with 7 of their favorite foods to help fight inflammation.
Not only does coconut oil fight inflammation, it helps boost your metabolism, balance hormone levels, and has anti fungal, microbial and viral properties as well.
Avocados are a great source of healthy unsaturated fat and antioxidants. The anti-inflammatory properties of avocados are so strong that they may actually offset less healthy food choices. A 2013 study in the journal Food & Function looked at the amount of inflammation that followed eating a hamburger with and without the addition of avocado. Researchers found that eating the hamburger with about 2 ounces of avocado limited the inflammatory response seen after eating the hamburger alone.
Walnuts, as well as almonds and cashew are all good choices for their natural anti-inflammatory properties. Walnuts have been shown to be effective in treating arthritis
Curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, is a potent cancer-fighter. This is mostly due to its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. One recent study from Germany found that curcumin was able to prevent the formation of tumors and prevent them from metastasizing if they had already formed. This is because it has been shown to suppress a certain growth factor necessary for tumors to grow and spread
Research has shown that garlic acts in the same way as anti-inflammatory pain medications by helping shut off the pathways that cause inflammation. Garlic also has strong anti-bacterial properties. It has been used throughout history as a natural antibiotic and recent studies have found that a compound inherent to garlic, Diallyl disulfide, is 100 times more effective against bacteria than antibiotics such as erythromycin and ciprofloxacin.
Most citrus fruits contain powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients. We are big fans of lemons. Lemons are great for improving digestion, are rich in vitamin C to help boost your immune system, help remove uric acid (common cause of inflammation) from your joints, and alkalize the body.
Cherries contin anthocyanins, queritrin and polyphenols. According to published research the anthocyanins found in cherry juice have anti-inflammatory effects that are 10 times stronger than aspirin.
These are just a few of the food options you can consume to help with inflammation. We suggest you try incorporating some of these into your weekly meal plans. As always, if you have any questions regarding inflammation and what foods you should eat, feel free to contact us to speak with one of our chiropractors.
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