I once jammed my finger in a car door and ended up with a big swollen sausage where my finger used to be. This is the perfect example of inflammation.
Inflammation occurs when the body feels the need to protect itself, and begin its repair process. On one hand inflammation is great, because it is fighting a cold with a fever to rid the body of bacteria and viruses. However, the downside of this can be quite damaging. If your immune system is constantly compromised and you are stressed on a regular basis it can have negative longterm affects.
Inflammation is not always as obvious as a swollen red and sore finger. Infact It can have virtually no visible symptoms at all… to the untrained eye. Inflammation has the abity to silently and negatively affect every cell in your body. Over time common ailments such as allergies, joint pain and premature aging can be linked to systemic inflammation.
You can reduce inflammation by increasing your intake of foods that boost your immune system, decrease the body’s production of inflammatory compounds and fight harmful free radicals. Eat fresh, life and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
1. Walnuts: A source of omega-3s and vitamin E.
2. Onions: Onions are high in quercetin and contain sulfur compounds that are used to manage the body’s immune system.
3. Blueberries: Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants that boosts Immunity and protects the body from free radical damage.
4. Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are rich in carotenoids.
5. Spinach: Rich in inflammation-fighting carotenoids as well as immune-boosting vitamin E.
6. Garlic: Rich ill sulfur compounds and a potent anti-inflammatory agent.
7. Pineapple: Contains enzymes that decreases inflammation, and is an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C.
8. Ginger: Fresh ginger root inhibits COX-2 enzymes.
9. Turmeric: Contains curcumin, a compound that has anti-inflammatory effects.
10: Broccoli: Contains quercetin.