Although many view it as a problem, inflammation is actually a necessary response in our bodies. It is the body's way of healing and protecting itself. The problem comes in when the inflammation gets out of control like it often does with arthritis. In this case, there are certain foods that are anti inflammatory and can help those with arthritis manage their joint pain and, obviously, inflammation. Some of these foods include:
1. Fatty Fish
Of course any diet that is good for the body would be incomplete without our good friends the fatty fish. They also make delicious foods that are anti inflammatory. These include salmon, sardines, tuna and mackerel. These fish are rich in omega 3 fatty acids that have been known to be great for quite a large number of things including fighting inflammation in our bodies. The fish has to be prepared in the right way: Boiled or baked and not dried, fried or salted.
2. Whole Grain
This has to be without sugar. Try eating whole grain bread and foods that are not processed. Studies have shown that the fiber found in whole grain go a long way in fighting/reducing C-reactive protein levels. This is the marker that encourages inflammation in the blood.
3. Dark Green Vegetables
There are pro inflammatory molecules in our bodies called cytokines. Our bodies need protection from such molecules and the best way to do this is to provide it with a steady supply of foods that are anti inflammatory and that contain vitamin E. This is a vitamin that is found in dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, collard greens and broccoli.
Nuts are another group of highly protective and nutritious foods. Not only do they provide the body with much needed fiber, they also give it vitamin E, calcium and an omega 3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid. Nuts such as almonds and walnuts are some of the best anti inflammatory foods.
Of course, everything, no matter how good for you, has to be taken in adequate balance, and these foods that are anti inflammatory are no exception. For example, just eating lots of kale (a super food) without balancing other greens and types of foods will leave you significantly deficient in many nutrients.
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My name is Josef Bichler.
I have a passion for wellness and showing others how to live healthy lives. I have corrected my own health problems with the use of alternatives only and helping others to achieve their health objectives through lifestyle changes, detoxifying their body and through understanding the benefits of eating healthy.