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Foods That Fight Chronic Inflammation

June 23, 2012
 
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Inflammation is the body’s first response to harmful stimuli such as pathogens, damaged cells, irritants, or infection. Inflammation is the body’s way of attempting to protect itself by removing injurious stimuli and initiating the healing process. The inflammatory response causes a cascade of biochemical events within the body. Swelling, redness, pain, heat, and loss of function can appear within minutes or hours of harmful stimuli. During acute inflammation these symptoms will cease once the stimulus is removed.  Prolonged inflammation, which is known as chronic inflammation, can lead to a wide range of degenerative disease such as hay fever, periodontitis, atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, eczema, IBS, depression, and Parkinson’s. Chronic inflammation occurs when the inflammatory response in the body malfunctions and doesn’t completely stop releasing pro inflammatory immune cells. This causes simultaneous destruction and healing because the excess immune cells damage healthy areas of the body which cause a more inflammatory responses. Slowly but surely inflammation can spread throughout the body. To reduce chronic inflammation a healthy diet loaded with anti-inflammatory foods is needed. Cut out trans fat and refined carbohydrates and replace them with natural anti-inflammatory foods, which were once so prevalent in our diets. Include a wide variety of these foods in your diet to rid your body of inflammation and bolster your immune system.


vegetables reduce inflammtion, foods for inflammationVegetables

Tomatoes

Avocadoes

Bell peppers

Bok Choy

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Chard

Fennel

Bulb garlic

Green beans

Green onion

Kale

Leeks

Olives

Spinach

Sweet potatoes

Turnip greens

 


fruit reduces inflammation, foods for inflammationFruits

Apples

Blueberries

Pineapple

Guava

Kiwi

Lemons

Limes

Oranges

Papaya

Raspberries

Strawberries


 



nuts reduces inflammation, foods for inflammationNuts & Seeds

Almonds

Flaxseed

Linseed

Hazelnuts

Sunflower seeds

Walnuts

 
herbs and spices reduce inflammation, foods for inflammationHerbs & Spices

Basil

Cayenne pepper

Chili pepper

Cinnamon

Cloves

Cocoa

Licorice

Mint

Oregano

Parsley

Rosemary

Thyme

Turmeric


 



salmon reduces inflammation, meat reduces inflammation, foods for inflammationMeat

Cod

Halibut

Oysters

Salmon

Tuna

Turkey

Lamb