As we all know, inflammation is a serious issue which can cause numerous health problems. Nevertheless, according to some reserchers, inflammation can also be a good thing.
Many researchers have proven that consuming unhealthy foods can lead to chronic inflammation which could interfere the body for a long time and it will damage certain organs in our body like heart, intestines, pancreas, kidneys, skin and bones.
According to Elson Haas, the modern diseases that occur nowadays are caused by inflammation when the body is trying to heal itself. This is the reason why high inflammatory foods should be eliminated from diet.
How a diet can damage the body
Nowadays, people being very busy, tend to consume processed and packaged food which has very low amount of nutrients and high in pro-inflammatory ingredients like sugar, trans fat, processed meats, starches, artificial sweeteners and hydrogenated oils. This type of food will stop the body’s response to fat-regulating hormones and it will increase blood sugar levels. Barbara Rowe, MOH, RD and author of Anti- Inflammatory Foods for Health (Fair Winds Press, 2008) says that these foods cause inflammation which is only a natural immune response against them and they also confuse our bodies.
Moreover, it is very important for people to pay attention on the ratio of good fats they intake. For instance, most of the American diets are high in omega 6 but low on omega 3 fatty acids. This should be balance, because if not, omega 6 fatty acids contain pro-inflammatory properties and an excessive intake of them will lead to low-grade inflammation in the body.
As a result, this type of inflammation will oxidize the bad cholesterol (LDL) which can cause heart disease. In order to prevent that, people need to increase the intake of omega 3 fatty acids.
Some Other Triggers of Inflammation
There are certain foods that cause allergic reactions to people and as a result, the immune system will respond by triggering an inflammation – pain, bloatng and gas.
According to Hass, vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant can make inflammation even worse since they contain alkaloid called solanine which triggers joint pain in people suffering from asthritis.
Acid-alkaline imbalance is yet another trigger of inflammation. When the Ph is acidic, it can cause toxicity which as a result creates unfavorable environment for the inflamed cell healing process. Make sure to avoid certain products like coffee, sugar, fruit juice, black tea and refined food in order to alkalize your body.
Foods That Can Reduce Inflammation
People should start consuming more anti-inflammatory foods In order to prevent or fight inflammation. Luckily, they can be found all over the world. As a result, the consumption of these foods will fight chronic inflammation and will provide an “building blocks” to maintain overall health. Make sure to add one or more of this kinds of food and minimze the pro-inflammatory foods.
Here Are 7 Foods Than Can Effectively Prevent Acute Inflammation Naturally
Apples and onions – they both contain natural histamine inhibitor – quercetin which can help in alleviating different allergies caused by inflammation.
Hot peppers – Serrano, capsaicin and jalapeno are all natural alternatives to anti-inflammatory drugs which are contained in cayenne and every other hot chills. The COX -2 enzyme is the main cause of inflammation in arthritis and it is inhibited by capsaicin.
Dark, Leafy, Green Vegetables – make sure to eat them as much as possible since they contain a lot of alpha- linoleic acid and omega 3 that is similar as the omega 3 which is found in fish.
Pineapple – tropical food abundant in bromelain – anti-inflammatory compound which contains enzymes that can suppress inflammation and pain in the body by minimizing swelling. Just make sure to consume it fresh, because canned version won’t provide you with its benefits.
Oily, Cold- Water Fish – the best solution to reduce the production of pro-inflammatory hormones in the body is fish since it contains omega 3s. They are present in the brown fat around their skin so make sure to eat the whole fish with its skin in order to get the best benefits.
Flaxseeds, walnuts, pumpkinseeds – make sure to consume these seeds and nuts raw, since omega 3 fatty acids are destroyed at high temperatures. In order to get a toasted taste, all you have to do is to soak the nuts in water, leave them overnight and then use dehydrator to give them crunchy bite.
Olives and Olive oil – omega 9 fatty acids help the omega 3s to do their inflammatory job, which is why people should start consuming more olives and olive oil because they both contain oleic acid. Just make sure to purchase those that have a strong, green and unrefined version.
Below are foods that you should avoid
- Snack Food
- Fried Food
- Hard Cheese
- Baked Goods