Numerous factors can contribute to inflammation in the body, and while many interpret it as a bad thing, there are instances when it's a positive indicator. It means that the immune system is deploying T cells, white blood cells, and lymphatic fluid to combat the issue that the body has identified. To combat the inflammation, the antibodies exacerbate pain, swelling, and circulation. Not all forms of inflammation, though, are beneficial to your health; chronic inflammation, for example, can be brought on by certain foods.
Chronic inflammation damages tissues and organs and robs them of nutrients. If your diet is rich in inflammatory foods they won’t allow the body to heal, which is why you should stay away from starches, sugars, trans fats, processed meats, hydrogenated oils and other foods. Besides causing inflammation, these foods can impair the function of the regulators of the fat hormones and cause many new problems. Chronic inflammation can also cause oxidation of the “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and increases the risk of heart disease. Even if you’re consuming a healthy diet, your body may be allergic to some foods which can result in digestive problems.
According to nutritionists, potatoes, tomatoes, chili and eggplant can all cause chronic inflammation due to the presence of an alkaloid called solanine which can cause joint pain in people suffering from arthritis. If you’re already suffering from joint or body pain, you should avoid these foods. pH imbalance is another cause of inflammation, which is why you need to create an alkaline environment in your body. To do this, you should avoid drinking coffee, fruit juice, sugar and alcohol, and also reduce the intake of meat, dairy products, grains and fruit.
To fight the inflammation, increase the consumption of all types of vegetables as well as lemon. Luckily, nature has many remedies against inflammation, and you can see some of them below:
Hot peppers contain a compound called capsaicin that inhibits the COX-2 enzyme that is related to arthritis and other types of inflammation diseases.
Both ingredients contain quercetin, a natural histamine inhibitor that can help the body fight environmental allergies that cause inflammation. The quercetin is located in the apple peel, so make sure to eat the fruit whole.
Pineapple contains bromelain, a compound that fights inflammation and pain in the body and reduces swelling. However, make sure to eat fresh and raw pineapple, as bromelain loses the anti-inflammatory properties when it’s cooked.
These vegetables contain alpha-linoleic acid, an omega-3 acid which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
These ingredients are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, but you should consume them raw as high temperatures destroy them. For a crispier texture, soak them in water overnight they dehydrate them.
All these types of fish are rich in omega-3, which reduces the production of pro-inflammatory compounds in the body. When picking the fish, go for wild or Alaskan salmon that has been raised organically. Keep in mind that these fish have some brown fat close to the skin which can be removed simply with a fork.
Olive oil contains oleic acid and some fatty acids which help the omega-3 fatty acids to do their job. Always buy cold-pressed and extra virgin olive oil and make sure to consume it raw.