There are some words often hard to understand and to recognize the meaning of such as 'Inflammo', a Latin word that means "to set on fire".
Have you been feeling like you're on fire lately? No, I don't mean the good kind of fire. I mean inflammations. An inflammation is actually a good thing. Basically, it is our body's natural defense mechanism against infection and traumas. The real problem starts when your immune system starts to overdo it, and when too much inflammation occurs. When inflammation has gone wild this can slowly destroy a person's organs and different functional abilities. They were found being the root causes of deadly conditions like heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and even cancer. These chronic inflammations can also be caused by low physical activity, a poor diet, and the stress of everyday life. So how exactly do we prevent this from happening?
Most of the time people resort to prescription drugs such as ibuprofen or Advil. Unfortunately, these drugs can have serious and dangerous side effects. The answer to a chronic inflammation-free life is a healthy lifestyle. This includes staying active, exercising regularly, getting all your needed rest and relaxation, and of course, eating healthy. This includes as many anti-inflammatory foods and fruits as possible.
To have a well-balanced diet that helps fight against inflammation, you need to keep eating real food. This means fresh, unprocessed, natural food that isn't full of additives, preservatives, artificial ingredients, sugar, and trans fats.
Although, let's not get confused about fat; make no mistake, unprocessed saturated fat is good for you. The main food categories that health experts usually refer to help inflammation are omega 3 fatty acids, such as herbs, vegetables, and anti-inflammatory fruits. Not only fruits, also by eating a lot of oily fish like salmon and tuna. These also contain omega 3 fatty acids, which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Nuts, seeds, and olive oil contain omega 3. Herbs are often overlooked here. Add as many herbs as possible to your meals. There are many herbs that help against inflammation. Some of these are basil, theme, rosemary, parsley, ginger, and turmeric.
Avoid drinking sodas, any type of soft drinks, sport drinks, and as well health drinks. Most fruit juices also contain ingredients that are better avoided. Making your own juice from fresh fruit is a better option. Some juices are free from artificial sweeteners and flavoring, such as apple and pomegranate. Make sure you check the label first, it should say 100 percent pure. Make green tea one of your regular beverages; instead sugar use honey as sweetener for taste.
Remember, your parents were right when they told you to eat your vegetables. Start piling veggies like broccoli, carrots, radish, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, beets, ginger, and sea vegetables on your plate. It is important though, not to overcook or fry them. It's best to cook them slowly or eat them almost raw, only lightly simmered or steamed. Many of these vegetables are rich in plant sterols. The many nutrients in vegetables are vital for general health and to continue a good immune system. Ginger reduces inflammation; ginger also is an effective natural remedy for pain.
There are many varieties of fruits that you can eat containing anti-inflammatory properties. However, all the darker, more vividly colored fruits are somehow the ones packed with the antioxidants and phytochemicals needed to combat chronic inflammation. Also, the best fruits to eat are those with the least amount of natural sugar.
The following are the usual recommended anti-inflammatory by health experts: Blueberries, strawberries, apples, cherries, citrus fruit, papayas, pineapples, plums, grapes, and pears. Advised is to have at least 5-10 servings of combined fruits and vegetables every day. There are days and times where it is not always possible to follow a diet plan as such. To make up any shortfall a supplement is the best solution. Although not just any supplement will do; a supplement made from natural ingredients only, of the required fruits, it must include omega 3 and glucosamine. In addition: In a liquid form for quick and total absorption into the blood stream.
If inflammation is one of your issues, wait no longer. Start changing your lifestyle now and throw away that bag of chips on your lap. Anti-inflammatory fruits, omega 3 fats, and antioxidant veggies are the way to go.