We’ve all heard about the dangers of inflammation, but many people don’t truly understand what this is, why it’s harmful for the human body and the damage it can cause.
Inflammation actually occurs as a normal part of how our bodies protect and heal themselves from illness and injury. If you cut your hand, blood flows to the injured area. This begins the healing of the affected area, though the initial result is redness and swelling.
Sometimes this process can continue over a period of time and an area of the body, such as the knee, stays swollen and red for a long period of time. The bone and cartilage in the joints then break down. This is painful and eventually develops into arthritis. The entire process will continue to repeat itself leading to a point where one can barely get around.
The more sedentary your lifestyle, the more this cycle repeats itself. Within a few years, you may have swollen, inflamed joints with severely impaired mobility. Eventually, you don’t feel like getting out and living your life anymore.
How can this painful cycle be reversed?
The old adage that we are what we eat applies here. When you eat cheeseburgers and pizza, you add to the problem. The good news is that you can easily turn things around simply by changing your diet.
Try eating these foods and you’ll notice the difference with your inflammation, pain and joint stiffness.
Green leafy vegetables: These include spinach, kale, collard greens and all types of lettuce. Though these foods can seem bland, it’s easy to spice things up. Add some fresh peppers while cooking them. Season with a hearty rice wine vinegar. Greens cooked this way are a favorite in the south and often eaten with cornbread.
Nuts: This includes walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds, pistachios and macadamia nuts. These can be eaten raw or put in salads and casseroles. There are some amazing recipes that use various types of nuts. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Tomatoes: Eat them raw on a sandwich or in a salad or stew and add them to soups and casserole dishes. Be sure to add some type of pepper for additional flavor. Jalapenos, poblanos, bell peppers are a good source of capsaicin, a popular ingredient used in ointments for sore muscles.
Fatty fish: This includes tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel. These have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Though you can get omega-3 supplements, you’ll notice the best results from eating fresh fish each week. These fatty fishes possess powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
All types of Berries: Blueberries are great for blood pressure, bone health, certain cancers and diabetes management. They are full of antioxidants, which can reduce pain and stiffness in joints. Strawberries, blackberries and cherries are all delicious and easy to eat. Wash them and eat raw. Be sure to include fresh berries in your lunch. These are also a healthy snacking alternative.
Don’t put up with inflammation!
Don’t simply tolerate inflammation and learn to live with it.
You can reduce swelling and redness in joints and improve mobility by making simple changes. It all comes down to what you eat each day.
Make healthy food choices and reap the benefits of a better quality of life. You may also be able to decrease the number of medications you take each day.
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