Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to an infection or injury. The body becomes hot, red, swollen and sometimes this leads to pain. Inflammation can initiate the healing process, but when inflammation becomes chronic it becomes a problem. There is a whole category of medications called “NSAIDs” nonsteroidal anti-Inflammatory drugs. These medications help to reduce the swelling and in turn help relieve pain associated with it. Medications are not the only way to reduce inflammation, however, your diet can help get you back on track. Here are our suggestions of food and supplements that can help you reduce inflammation.
Eat Your Vegetables
Remember to include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet daily. In particular, leafy greens, blueberries, apples, and avocados help to reduce inflammation and have antioxidants to prevent other health problems.
Curcumin is the ingredient in turmeric that helps to reduce inflammation. Curcumin helps to restrict the enzymes which cause inflammation. You can add turmeric to your food or you can opt for a turmeric supplement. Some say that curcumin has the same effectiveness in reducing inflammation as some medications.
Eat Your Fish
Fish has much lower levels of salt and cholesterol than other meats plus it is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 stops the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX) which is a known trigger of inflammation.
You may have heard of resveratrol, and you probably equate it as the ingredient in red wine which is correct. Resveratrol reduces inflammation and can even help to protect the body from cancer.
Get A Glass Of Tea
Tea can help to reduce inflammation because it contains lots of antioxidants. Green tea is especially beneficial, plus it has the added benefit of reducing heart disease. Throw in some cinnamon or lemon to your tea for some extra flavor.