Inflammation is a tricky thing, although it has been associated with ailments, it actually acts as a vital function to keep us from falling sick, heals our injuries and keeps our bodies strong.
However, when it reacts a little too often, it can start attacking our bodies, instead of healing it, causing diseases such as autoimmune disease, cancer and even obesity.
Some prime causes for inflammation include- stress, allergies, smoking and to top that off, poor diets.
However, following a healthy regimen, with some inflammation fighting foods, can counter and flush the effects of those nasty free radicals and toxins to heal you better.
1. Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy Green Vegetables, such as dark, leafy and green such as spinach, kale, bok choy are rich in iron and flavonoids, vitamins A, C and K.
They are essential for restoring cellular health, stopping inflammation and protecting your brain from oxidation, which causes aging and disease.
2. Probiotic Foods
Probiotic foods like yogurt, pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut, help the good bacteria in your gut (the heart of your immune system).
Probiotics re-balance the good bacteria defenses in your gut, improving your immune, endocrine, digestive and cognitive systems from inflammatory causing bad bacteria.
3. Bone Broth
Bone broth is broth that comes from boiling bones of beef and poultry, for hours and also come as over-the-counter supplements.
Power-packed with nutrients of collagen, which has amino acids that reduce the overdrive of your immune system causing inflammation in your gut. It also helps deal with arthritis and joint inflammatory pain.
Walnuts are filled with omega-3s and is also called ‘brain food’.
Its phytonutrients defend a person from inflammation, cognitive impairment and balances the body’s anti-oxidants (good) and oxidants (not good), as well as controls any over-activity in the immune system.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil contains a unique saturated fat, which is a natural antioxidant with antibacterial characteristics that fights inflammation.
A one-oil-for-all in many countries now, it is easy to digest, fights yeast and bad bacterial infections in the gut (the usual headquarters for most diseases) and also cools or warms the body based on the need at the time.
Beets contain the antioxidant, betalain which encourages cellular repair.
It also improves blood-flow and inhibits inflammation catalysts, with the nutrients potassium and magnesium, which people are commonly deficient in.
Broccoli as well as few cruciferous vegetables such as, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, have loads of flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamin C and carotenoids.
Working together, these nutrients prevent stress caused from oxidation processes in the body, have cancer-fighting properties and reduce inflammation.
Berries are the pet favorites from all fruits and are high in fiber and packed with antioxidants like the flavonoid- quercetin.
As the gut’s manager for growing good bacteria, it also prevents damage to the digestive tracts and keeps the brain healthy by boosting motor-nerve functions and memory.
Salmon, including oil-rich fish such as mackerel and sardines, have a bank of omega-3 to omega-6 essential fatty acids, and are great anti-inflammatory ingredients.
As natural controllers of inflammatory diseases, it also helps fight depression, cognitive malfunctions, heart disease and arthritis.
10. Super Seeds
Super Seeds such as flax, chia and hemp seeds; possess plant-based omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, inhibiting the immune systems from producing too many cytokines, which cause inflammation.
Full of protein, fiber and other health benefits, they balance the body’s cholesterol and blood pressure levels.