Inflammation is a natural response to things like injury, illness and even stress. It is normal to respond to these stressors with inflammation, but chronic low level inflammation is something different and what you want to avoid like the plague.
Chronic inflammation is a whole different story and of great concern for the body. It creates a state of regular attacking of the body’s tissues, which obviously is not healthy. Inflammation remains at the core of many diseases like heart disease, auto-immune diseases, neurological disorders, diabetes and cancer.
So what causes chronic low-level inflammation? Our lifestyle alone contributes to this condition, especially eating too many high processed foods filled with sugar, lacking in the necessary high quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Add to that a lack of sleep, lack of activity or exercise, chronic stress, lack of restorative activities in our daily life, too much technology and very poor digestive health.
The key is to fight it off and this helps us all to live longer. Here are 5 anti-inflammatory food suggestions to add to your diet:
Wild Caught Salmon (dye free) – Yum! Besides being delicious, this fish gives you healthy doses of anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids that are also essential for brain health.
Kelp – This amazing sea vegetable is a type of brown algae that is a complex carbohydrate rich in fucoidan that is naturally anti-inflammatory. It also has a high fiber content that helps balance your blood sugar and promotes weight loss as well.
Sweet Potatoes – Who knew these were so amazing? And delicious. They are rich in anti-oxidants such as vitamin C and B6, as well as magnesium, which helps with stress. They also help curb sweet cravings by satisfying them by being naturally sweet, plus high fiber content is always a plus.
Papaya – This sweet tropical fruit has high levels of papain (a protein digesting enzyme), great digestive properties and also vitamins E and C, both of which contribute to fighting inflammation.
Shiitake Mushrooms – Well known for their cancer fighting benefits, these tasty mushrooms also help fight inflammation. They have been used medicinally in China for more than 6,000 years.
It’s been said that all disease is actually inflammation based, so do all you can do to fight it today!