Inflammation is the body's natural response to infection and injury. Inflammation is an important defense mechanism that helps our body to heal by bringing nutrients and immune cells to the affected area. However, whole-body inflammation, on the other hand, is damaging rather than helpful. This chronic form of inflammation is associated with a host of problems such as the painful swelling associated with arthritis, heart disease, and some kinds of cancer.
What causes chronic inflammation?
Many things can cause chronic inflammation: Stress, including the amount of stress we experience; lack of exercise, DNA genetics and a variety of toxins that we're exposed to. However, diet can play a part in the process, as well. Our everyday diet and lifestyle contributes to lower or raise our inflammation levels.
Eating a diet rich with anti-inflammatory foods can help minimize the pain of inflammation. Eating the proper balance of food that will provide steady energy, balanced vitamins, minerals, healthy essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, and protective phytonutrients.
Cooking, selecting and preparing foods based on scientific knowledge of how they can help your body maintain optimum health, along with influencing inflammation.
Certain foods, called anti-inflammatory foods, have the capability to reduce inflammation. Of course, the opposite of that is true as well – some foods can increase your body's inflammatory response, potentially increasing your risk of chronic disease.
Eat simple unprocessed foods
Eat whole foods that are unprocessed and that grew or lived outdoors.
Fruits, vegetables, roasted or grilled pastured lean meats, wild fish, eggs, nuts and seeds. These are items that grew or lived outdoors. Consume a more balanced ratio of "healthy fats" including omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
Healthy fats from food help calm the "fire" in your gut. Foods High In Omega-3s: Walnuts, flax seeds, salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies and trout are some great sources include. You may also consider supplementation: tuna omega oil from Standard Process is one of favorites.
Oily fish is recommended by the (AHA) American Heart Association.
Eating anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids from rich oily fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, trout, herring and mackerel at least twice a week has been shown to reduce the risk of arterial plaque as well as cardiac death.
Antioxidant-Rich Fruits and Vegetables
Eat a "rainbow" of colors. The more colors you eat, the better; each color represents the presence of different health-promoting phytochemicals. Some great fruits to start eating regularly are apples, avocados, blueberries, raspberries, papaya, cantaloupe, apricots, cherries, plums and watermelon. Some antioxidant-rich vegetables include arugula, asparagus, kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, pumpkin, bell peppers, sweet potato and turnip greens.
Breathe Deeply to Activate Vagus Nerve
Breathing is essential to our survival and to our good health. Deep breathing activates our Parasympathetic Nervous System, which helps clear our mind, burn fat, speed up our metabolism, and remove toxins from our body. In fact, 70% of all the toxins produced in our bodies are removed through breathing!
The vagus nerve, located in our brain, is in charge of our parasympathetic nervous system — it decreases our heart rate and blood pressure by deactivating the human’s “fight or flight” mechanisms, including anxiety.
When we stimulate our vagus nerve through breathing, we can gain control over our raging heart rate and rising blood pressure.
Breathe more slowly.
Breathe more deeply, from the belly.
Exhale longer than you inhale.
Inflammation Underlies Much Disease (4 minutes)
Dr Andrew Weil shares his knowlegde about how inflammation affects your body and how it’s the common underlying factor in many serious diseases:
Inflammation Triggers the Symptoms of Disease
4 Immune Mediated Types + Sensitivities, all of which cause inflammation
Chronic inflammation destroys brain cells
Inflammatory cytokines attack erythropoietin production
Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against joint surfaces
Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against airway lining
Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions in the brain arresting right hemisphere development
Inflammatory cytokines destroy joint cartilage and synovial fluid
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic inflammation causes excessive muscle tension shortening tendons in the forearm and wrist compressing the nerves.
Inflammatory cytokines (often pre-dating the surgery) slow or prevent healing
Are you curious and want to learn more about calming your inflammation with food?
Please contact me, Debbie Allen, Master Nutrition Therapist. Please note that I am reminding you
that these tips are not intended as medical advice. Please contact me or work with your health professional
to determine what’s right for you.
Good health begins with taking responsibility for our own body.
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