When you’re body encounters an injury, its natural response is to become inflamed, but the real problem starts when the body becomes inflamed when it’s not actually injured. Not many people realize that unneeded inflammation in the body can actually lead to some serious, long-term effects that can be wreak havoc to even the most “healthy” individual.
Eating the wrong foods is one of the main reasons why unwanted inflammation occurs, and according to studies, obesity is the number one contributing factor to inflammation in the body, which can then lead to serious illness. Some of the diseases associated with inflammation include; diabetes, arthritis, auto-immune disorders, metabolic and cardiovascular disease and cancer.
If you want to prevent the diseases that are associated with inflammation, you need to start consuming foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. These anti-inflammatory foods not only help prevent disease, they are filled with nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins which in-turn help boost your immune system. You should try to incorporate these foods into your diet on a daily basis to get the most benefits.
Kale is often is filled with Magnesium and high amounts of fiber. Many people enjoy adding this to their diet because it’s not only nutritious, but free from fat. One cup of kale has large amounts of Omega 3, which help fight specifically against arthritis and auto-immune disorders. This particular food can be mixed into many different meals as a way to add flavor and cut down on inflammation. Try kale as a replacement to iceberg lettuce in a salad or wrap. Drop some kale into your juicing machine or make smoothies with your favorite fruits and vegetables.
Tomatoes are an amazing and tasty anti-inflammation food. This food can be eaten raw to receive the highest amount of nutrition, or steamed and added to your favorite meal. Tomatoes are fat free, which make them a way to fill up without filling up on a high calorie food. They are packed with vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system. Tomatoes are also very dense in the carotenoid lycopene which possesses antioxidants to ward off free-radicals.
Wild caught salmon is another wonderfully nutritious food with anti-inflammatory properties. Wild salmon has a higher protein value and is more easily digested than it’s toxin-filled counterpart, farm-raised salmon. It contains high Omega 3 fatty acids, which help greatly in reducing inflammation. This fish in its wild state contains high levels of vitamin B12, B6 and folic acid, which are all essential to your overall wellbeing.
Want to get really funky? Prepare a kale and tomato salad and place an oven-roasted filet of salmon on top with a dash of lemon, hemp oil and apple cider vinegar as your dressing. Sprinkle a bit of sea-salt and pepper on top, and you have an anti-inflammatory powerhouse of a meal.
– The Alternative Daily