Inflammation is a natural process that occurs in our body when our tissues get injured or infected by micro-organisms, in periods of stress and allergies it acts as a self protection mechanism. Without this we would have re-current infections and our bodies wouldn’t be able to handle it. However inflammation can be more harmful than useful at times and be a constant source of discomfort.
So when inflammation persists over a long times its classified as chronic inflammation which occurs over a period of time (usually months or years) and doesn’t usually present its symptoms until it becomes destructive or your cells begin to die. it can cause major diseases such as arthritis, atherosclerosis , gout, osteoporosis , periodontitis etc.
In order to get rid of inflammation, the best route is to get rid of the aggravating material by staying away from stress or avoiding allergens (allergy causing materials). Another way to get rid of or manage inflammation is to eat the right foods.
Foods that have an anti-inflammatory effect are foods rich in omega-3-fatty acids, phytochemicals and antioxidants (which clear free radicals who are responsible for chronic inflammation), and serve as natural remedies. However, if issues persist, you may need actual painkillers for joint pains prescribed by your doctor.
#1. Dark Chocolate
The health benefits of dark chocolate have been a blessing to the chocolate lovers. It is known that dark chocolate has two powerful antioxidants which are catechin and epicatechin. These compounds are broken by bacteria living in our gut (beneficial bacteria) thereby transforming them into molecules that exhibit anti-inflammatory effects that are excellent for your body.
Turmeric is that bright yellow culinary spice that is used in making curry and other dishes. Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. It has more than 2 dozen anti-inflammatory compounds which inhibits the COX-2 enzyme that stimulates pain in the body. It is very useful in alleviating symptoms of arthritis.
This wonder fruits never seems to be missing on the list of healthful foods. From its use in the treatment of acne to eating it for weight loss. It has also been linked to the control of inflammation. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and as we all know; antioxidants are great at clearing free radicals thereby reducing the potential for or managing inflammation.
Fatty fishes are very rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These are excellent in fighting off inflammation throughout your body. They possess the added effect of potentiating your brain effect. So while fighting inflammation, you are also getting smarter. Omega-3-fatty acid rich fishes are Mackerel, Trout, Salmon, Anchovies.
#5. Olive Oil
Virgin olive oil contains a compound known as oleocanthal that prevents the production of inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes which stimulates pain. Using virgin olive oil in your salads and other foods can help dampen the inflammatory effects and pain sensitivity.
Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, oranges and cherries are major culprits in combating inflammation. They are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin A, C &E, carotenoids and flavonoids. It is said that the brighter the fruits, the more beneficial it is. Organic fruits are better when it comes to choosing your fruits. Have fun with these fruits, make a smoothie or fruit salad.