"Did you know that an overwhelming amount of chronic disease stems from chronic inflammation in the body? And with that notion, many conditions can be prevented by addressing and taking steps to reduce inflammation within the body.
Inflammation is actually a naturally occurring process within the body, designed to help the body heal from injury or disease. It is triggered by the immune system in response to a perceived threat, such as a cut or an illness. Acute inflammation, which occurs over a usually short period of time, is a beneficial tool that helps to return your body to it’s healthiest state. However chronic inflammation, which occurs over an extended period (and is often less intense) is the kind that is linked to autoimmune conditions, prolonged stress, and debilitating disease.
After all, it is understood that chronic disease stems from chronic inflammation within the body. There is sufficient evidence to now show that heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even obesity can be influenced by this prolonged immune response. So by addressing the root cause, we begin to adopt a holistic, preventative approach to healthcare. And one of the best ways we know how to remedy and reduce inflammation in the body is with proper nutrition and using the medicinal properties of food. After extensive research, I’ve discovered that these are the best foods to fight inflammation - for all diets!
Golden lattes aren’t going anywhere and I, for one, am happy that they’re here to stay. Partly because of how delicious they are, and partly because turmeric is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories in our diet. This is due to curcumin, a compound found in the root that is responsible for the vibrant (often staining) yellow pigment we’ve all come to associate with turmeric. The exact mechanisms that determine how curcumin works in the body are still yet to be understood, but there are countless studies across different chronic health conditions that re-instate this belief. So from curries to coffee substitutes, don’t forget to add a healthy dose of turmeric to your day (and remember to add cracked black pepper, as the compounds found in pepper are needed to help deliver the health benefits of curcumin).
3. Leafy Green Vegetables
We know that leafy greens are ideal for alkalizing and detoxifying the body, but they also offer anti-inflammatory benefits. Greens like kale, arugula, silver-beet, spinach, chard, and collard greens, to name a few, offer a rich nutritional profile with high concentrations of micronutrients that reduce chronic inflammation in the body. Vitamins A, D, E, and K, which are the four fat-soluble vitamins, have shown across multiple studies that they can fight inflammation. A lot of leafy greens also partially breakdown to contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is one type of omega-3 fat (and we know how wonderful that is for inflammation)!
Dear reader, a variety of articles, and recipe ideas, are within this blog, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.
All the best Jan