Fight inflammation with food
While reaching for medication can help ease and cure a lot of ailments, more and more research is now suggesting that if you’re suffering from inflammation, the best form of attack actually lies in what you eat.
While inflammation is a good thing for the body (it’s your immune system attacking anything foreign), sometimes it persists even when your body doesn’t need it to. Chronic inflammation has also been linked to various major diseases, like cancer, heart disease and even depression.
There’s good news though – many foods are great at combatting the complaint, and can be easily incorporated into your diet.
“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health told health.harvard.edu.
We’ve rounded up the best inflammation fighting foods, which can help reduce your risk of disease. The top things to include in your diet are blueberries, ginger, cacao and green tea.
Mindbodygreen suggest whipping up a smoothie with the some of the ingredients, adding coconut milk as a base and top with anti-inflammatory supplements like astragalus and ashwagandha.
Fatty fish, nuts, green leafy veg, tomatoes, olive oil and strawberries, cherries and oranges are other great choices.
It’s also important to note the foods that cause inflammation in the first place. The worst offenders are refined carbohydrates like white bread and pastries, fried foods, red meats and processed meats and soda and other sugary drinks.
“Some of the foods that have been associated with an increased risk for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease are also associated with excess inflammation,” Dr. Hu explained. “It’s not surprising, since inflammation is an important underlying mechanism for the development of these diseases.”