What is Inflammation? This is how you can deal with it.
What is inflammation? Inflammation is basically a natural process of the body. The body’s chemical messengers encourage a process or an immune response. Studies indicate that inflammation affects almost everything from hip fractures, acid reflux and neuro-degenerative diseases.
Prominent wellness community voices believe inflammation is the root of many diseases. Our current age of environmental pollutants, obesity and high stress levels is a calling for us to do away with some inflammation myths.
Facts on Inflammation:
Inflammation is a self-protection mechanism, an immune response of the body to alleviate harmful stimuli and begin the healing process. All our wounds, infections and tissue damages heal with inflammation. But when this process gets out of control, for instance in a case of rheumatoid arthritis, it damages the entire body. It plays vital role in disorders like obesity, cancer and heart disease.
Types of Inflammation
There are two types of Inflammation:
1. Acute inflammation: Starts with a rapid onset and becomes severe quickly.
2. Chronic inflammation: Long-term cases of inflammation that can last for months or years. Chronic inflammation can cause several conditions and diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, some cancer types, atherosclerosis, hay fever and others. Chronic inflammation destroys body completely.
Foods that fight against Inflammation
1. Dark leafy vegetables: Vitamin E is a key to protect the body against molecules that are pro-inflammatory (cytokines). A good source of this vitamin is dark green vegetables, which includes swiss chard, spinach, broccoli and kale.
2. Fatty Fish: Fatty Fish too fight against Inflammation. Oily fish, like mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna have high omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation. Add fish to menus, boiled or steamed rather than fried, salted or dried.
3. Nuts: Nuts like almonds are very rich in vitamin E, calcium and fiber. With high levels of an omega 3 fat type, alpha-linolenic acid, they fight inflammation. Nuts are full of antioxidants that help repair the damage by inflammation. So, eat nuts as much as you can.
4. Celery: Research about celery has identified it for anti-inflammatory health benefits, including protection against the digestive inflammation tract itself.
5. Tomatoes: Red, juicy tomatoes are lycopene rich, which is known to reduce inflammation in the body and lungs. Cooked tomatoes have more lycopene than raw tomatoes. The consumption of tomato juice is also beneficial.
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