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The Top Seven Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Food can be can be a powerful ally in the fight against inflammation or it can be your worst enemy and make an existing condition even worse. One of the truisms about people who do not feel well is that they tend to crave more comfort foods, which means those foods that not only add extra pounds but also cause other symptoms such as muscle and joint pain, bowel problems and fatigue.

 

Avoid High Glycemic Starches

Foods that cause inflammation and the persistence of chronic pain tend to be those that contain high glycemic starches such as mashed potatoes, puddings, pasta, white bread and cakes.

Processed sugars, flours and even unprocessed ones like yams, beets and potatoes, can destabilize your insulin and raise your blood sugar.  The high level of insulin racing through your bloodstream as the result of eating these comfort foods can also raise levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), which puts your body in a state of physical alarm. If this happens every day your body can soon become chronically inflamed.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Foods that are ideal to eat because they do the dual duty of

Apples: Apples are a versatile source of calcium D-glucerate that is a phyto-chemical that plays a crucial role in liver detoxification and estrogen balance as well as helps the body utilize the glucose found in the sugars in apples properly.

Asparagus: These tasty spears are a rich source of glutathione that helps ward off inflammation and invading pathogens as well as boosts your thyroid (because it is contains so much selenium).

Blueberries and Blackberries: These fruits can satisfy a craving for sweets and are high in superoxide dismutase, which can help reduce oxidative stress in the body and reduce inflammation.

Flax seeds: Flax is high in alpha linoleic acid that is a type of helpful Omega 3 fat. They also contain immune modulators that are potent immune modulators.

Fish: Fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that help increase metabolism and reduce inflammation in the body. Shellfish however can cause inflammation in the body for some people.

Ginger Root:  Ginger is a warming food that is high in arachadonic acid, which reduces pain and inflammation and helps boost your metabolic rate.

Turmeric: Turmeric is found in most curries and also contains archadonic acid that can help reduce inflammation and kick your metabolism into high gear.

 

Avoiding Foods That Cause Inflammation

 

You can help prevent inflammation by doing these three things:

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can irritate stomach walls and cause inflammation
  • Refined sugars such as the type you find in candies, sodas, cookies and white bread
  • Allergenic foods such as wheat or soy that cause experience inflammation in the gut

Be aware that inflammation of any kind can slow down your metabolism but the worst cases of chronic inflammation are usually caused by the foods we eat. Before you blame the weather or age, make sure you have not eaten a food that provokes a reaction in your system.

 

 

by Pinewood Natural Health Centre
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