How to Prevent and Treat Inflammation

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A vegan diet has long been known to be a source of healing and comfort for the physical body that is suffering from inflammation. Natural foods and organic foods have been proven to be most effective in treating inflammation and it makes sense that by removing some of the toxic store-bought foods that are not organic, as in produce and meats that are raised from petroleum-based feeds and fertilizers, by removing those toxins and going with organic foods a person is going to always have a better physical reaction, it is a medical fact.

Natural and organic anti-inflammatory foods are the best source for fighting inflammation in the body that is associated with serious health problems including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and autoimmune diseases. The list of anti-inflammatory foods comes from 4 food groups: vegetables including herbs and spices, fruits, beans and other legumes, and whole grains. So-called “anti-inflammatory supplements” such as fish oil are not recommended and can be linked to scams. Organic and natural anti-inflammatory foods are proven to be medically sound dietary approaches to treating inflammation problems.

The word inflammation is derived from a Latin word ‘inflammare’ that means ‘on fire’. It is a set of biological processes involving the natural reaction of our body to harmful stimuli, i.e. injuries, infections etc. Some degree of exposure to these stimuli is inevitable in our daily lives, and our body’s natural defense can fight those harmful elements to some extent on its own. Inflammation can be acute (short term) or chronic (long term).

Acute inflammation is the body’s first aggressive reaction to extrinsic damage from which the body recovers in hours to days, for example insect bite, abrasions, hives etc. But chronic inflammation happens when the body’s defenses are continuously exposed to harmful stimuli, which renders the body and its defenses weak. Examples of chronic inflammation include tuberculosis, cancer, arthritis, dermatitis, inflammatory bowel diseases.

The list of top anti-inflammatory foods includes:

FRUITS:
– Papaya (rich in vitamin C and E and papain, an enzyme that digests proteins)
– Pineapple (contains an enzyme Bromelain with excellent healing properties)
– Blueberries (rich in phyto nutrients)
– Goji berries
– Cherries
– Cranberries
– Apples
– Oranges
– Kiwifruit
– Rhubarb
– Lemon
– Limes
– Avocados
– Guavas
– Strawberries
– Mulberries
– Raspberries

VEGETABLES:
– Cruciferous vegetables (rich in phyto nutrients i.e. sulphoraphanes which has anti cancer properties)
– Spinach (source of carotenes, flavonoids, vitamins, potassium, magnesium, tryptophan, calcium, iron and folate)
– Ginger
– Sweet potatoes (contains fiber, vitamin C and B6, beta carotenoids, manganese and carbohydrates)
– Salads
– Chards
– Green beans
– Bell peppers
– Kale
– Bok Choy
– Olives
– Fennel bulb
– Spring onions
– Mushrooms
– Leeks

Inflammatory foods to avoid include all animal derived foods, processed sugar and oils.

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