Inflammation is just one of those signals your body uses to tell you something is amiss. Inflammation is a response by the body’s immune system which sends white blood cells to the area of concern, which is facilitated through increased blood flow to the area.
This is why when you get injured or have an infection, the area in question usually swells up, which is followed by some kind of pain or displeasure. This is necessary for our bodies to defend our bodies, and effectively fight off disease. These signs of inflammation are typically good signs or positive health.
On the other hand however, the occurrence of inflammation in the body in some respects is a bad thing that we should be aware of, and look to resolve.
When our immune system over reacts, it can attack healthy tissues like the small intestine and stomach in the case of irritable bowel disease. Another common problem that is the result of inflammation is arthritis as well.
Many of these diseases, especially ones that involve the digestive tract indicate to us that the problem lies within our diets. The link between diet and inflammation has been well documented, however many people still don’t look to their diet as a possible problem, and solution to their inflammatory problems.
When looking at our diets in what we can improve to avoid this inflammatory response by our immune system we should look to generally avoid processed foods and look more towards a Mediterranean diet.
This means switching from a diet that consists mainly of processed grains, high sugars, and high fats to one that is low in animal protein, and high in fresh fruits and vegetables.
As we explore the foods that are best to eat when it comes to reducing inflammation, you will notice a pattern among them. They are usually high in omega 3 fatty acids, high in antioxidants, and high in minerals.
By adding inflammatory foods to your diet, you will restore your overall health by healing yourself from the inside out.
Here are some of the best anti inflammatory foods that you should be including in your diet:
Seeds in general are great when it comes to fighting inflammation, but flaxseeds are mentioned here instead of chia seeds for example mainly because of its high content of omega 3 fatty acids.
Flaxseeds have a tremendous amount of omega 3 fatty acids per weight, and will supply you with over 1000% of your daily value in just 3 tablespoons. Other seeds have high concentrations of omega 3 fatty acids as well like the chia seed, but the ratio of “good” to “bad” fats in the flaxseed is why it is number one on our list.
The flaxseed has a tremendous amount of omega 3 fatty acids, and conversely has little to no omega 6 fatty acids, making it the supreme seed in fighting inflammation.
Broccoli may not have the highest concentration of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories on the list but it has the best nutrient profile overall in that it is high in Vitamins K, C, B6, B9, Vitamin E as well as having plenty of minerals.
Broccoli also contains other flavonoids and carotenoids which fight against oxidative stress and cancer, similar to the ones found in many orange colored foods like carrots.
Broccoli is that one stop shop for all your vitamin and mineral needs, so pick some up when you are looking to fight oxidative stress and inflammation.
Bone broths are great for people who are lacking in essential vitamins and minerals, who also have a compromised digestive system as a result. When you have chronic inflammation, one of the areas affected is your digestive tract.
Your digestive tract is inflamed, and because of this your bowel movements are more frequent, or that you are having diarrhea. When our bowels move quickly through our digestive tract all of the good nutrients we need don’t have the time to be fully absorbed, and thus having diarrhea leaves us dehydrated and lacking these nutrients.
A bone broth contains many of these lost nutrients and does so in a form which makes digestion a lotf easier. Essentially these nutrients have been partially broken down and digested in the broth beforehand, making it easier for us to absorb.
Bone broths are effective in fighting against arthritis and joint pain as well.