Foods to Fight Inflammation

Food is one of the most powerful healing tools for the body, different foods can help to prevent diseases and keep your mind and body healthy in line because of a variety of vitamins and minerals. Recently, there has been a rise in auto-immune diseases which occur when the immune systems thinks your healthy cells are foreign and dangerous and attacks them, as a result this leads to inflammation and issues such as rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Although foods may not be able to cure people completely of these diseases, there are some foods that have anti-inflammatory properties...

1. Turmeric 

Turmeric has been used as a healing food for a very long time, especially in the Ayurvedic diet and is well known for it's anti-inflammatory properties. The component Curcuma is what is thought to help, and although we may not consume enough through food, supplements are also available in a lot of health stores. 

2. Fatty Fish 

Even without it's anti-inflammatory benefits, fatty fishes such as Salmon and Tuna are really good for you so you should try and get a couple of portions in. Fatty fishes are high in omega 3 which helps to reduce inflammation and is also one of the 'good fats' which is good for your heart. 

3. Ginger 

Ginger is another old, traditional food that has been known to heal the gut. There have been studies that suggest it may be good for the gut in supplement form and has had anti-inflammatory effects on rodents. 

4. Olive Oil 

It has been hailed as a great food of the Mediterranean diet and there are reasons for it. Studies have shown that a chemical called oleocanthal has similar effects as ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs. It is best served cold over foods to ensure it doesn't lose any of its goodness whilst cooking. 

5. Dark Leafy Greens

In any healthy eating post there are always going to be vegetables because they are the source of so many vitamins and minerals. Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale and broccoli contain vitamin E which may protect against cytohines which are inflammatory molecules in the body. 

So, if you are going to change your diet it is always best to consult a medical professional, but eating a varied diet rich in healthy fats, vegetables and other natural foods can help keep you healthy. 



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