Inflammation: it’s on everyone’s lips these days — and for good reason. But we’re not talking about acute inflammation, necessary for healing your wounds. We’re talking about a more sinister kind, called chronic inflammation. It plays a key role in many chronic diseases, contributing to heart disease, arthritis, cancer and more. Luckily, there is a way to reduce chronic inflammation and help promote overall wellness. Just sit back, put your feet up and have a cup of tea.
How does inflammation occur in the body?
Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to inflammation. On the one hand, inflammation is necessary and vital for the body’s immune response. In it’s simplest form, inflammation is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury. It’s the body’s way of defending itself against foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. It’s also necessary for repairing damaged tissue. Without acute inflammation, your wounds would fester and your infections could turn deadly.
But too much of a good thing can soon become problematic. When inflammation becomes chronic, also known as low-grade or systemic inflammation, it can have long-lasting effects on the body.
What are the inflammatory diseases?
Unlike the redness or swelling that occurs when your body fights a low-grade infection, chronic inflammation can lead to serious conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Peptic ulcer
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Chronic sinusitis
- Active hepatitis
- And more!
What is the main cause of chronic inflammation in the body?
Various factors like stress, environmental toxins and how much exercise you get can affect your body’s response to inflammation. But, according to research by the Foundation for Integrated Medicine in New York, diet also plays a key role in how your body handles inflammation. That means that certain foods can either create or fight chronic inflammation.
Teas that fight inflammation
Rather than relying on medication to manage chronic inflammation, try some of these all-natural remedies instead. Here are six teas that can help kick inflammation to the curb:
1. Green tea
Green, black and white teas are loaded with polyphenols, plant-derived compounds that boost the immune system and may even protect against certain inflammation-causing diseases. But, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, green tea contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, since it’s made from unfermented leaves. When it comes to fighting inflammation, green tea may help fight inflammatory conditions like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease and certain cancers.
2. Ginger tea
3. Turmeric tea
4. Tart cherry tea
5. Pineapple tea
6. Dandelion tea
Dandelion can produce laxative effects, so sip your tea at home if you haven’t had it before. In addition to easing inflammation and digestive problems, dandelions help detox the body. So, you may find that your skin becomes brighter and clearer.
Stop chronic inflammation in its tracks
Inflammation is at the root of most chronic conditions. Thankfully, in most cases, it can be treated with a little diet and lifestyle adjustment. In order to combat chronic inflammation for good, feel free to indulge in an anti-inflammatory tea as a preventative, or when you’re feeling a little achy. Enjoy!
— Katherine Marko