In today’s article, let’s talk about one health phenomenon that we don’t talk about often but an over-indulgence of this internal; body activity can lead to a number of life-threatening health diseases and infections. We’ll discuss inflammation today. I’m sure many of you must have heard the term from doctors and medical professionals but don’t know the meaning of it.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a common phenomenon triggered in the human body when the immune system detects a foreign invader in the form of microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. Occasional inflammation protects your health as it kills the disease-causing invaders but at times inflammation persists affecting the healthy cells and tissues of your body. That is when it harms your body beyond your control.
Here are some diseases and chronic illnesses that your body might be exposed to in case of chronic inflammation:
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Autoimmune diseases
Foods that help to fight inflammation:
Fatty fish like salmon –
Wish for a protein-rich diet? Have fish instead of red meat. Red meat is rich in salt and cholesterol that can trigger inflammation. Fish like salmon, snapper, tuna, cod, halibut, and bass are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids that can control inflammation.
Olive oil –
Have you switched to olive oil for cooking? If not, start today! It is very rich in oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid that prevents inflammation. You can also choose grapeseed or avocado oil for a healthy option.
Fruits and vegetables –
Fruits and veggies are rich in fiber and antioxidants that prevent the damage of cells by fighting off free radicals.
Opt for a bowl of fresh fruits like berries, apples, oranges, and cherries to snack on in between meals.
For everyday meals, including leafy greens like spinach and kale, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and beans to fight inflammation.
Nuts are a great choice when it comes to snacking options. Instead of chips and other fried food, keep a jar of nuts like almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts for the recommended dose of omega-3 as well as reduce inflammation.
Though not a native Indian fruit, avocados are easily found in supermarkets these days. It is different from most other fruits as it is rich in monounsaturated fat and Vitamin E. These have anti-inflammatory properties in them that reduce the risk of joint damage due to osteoarthritis.
Foods that trigger inflammation:
- Fried foods
- Refined carbs / Sugar
- Processed Meat
Be smart when you choose food on your plate. Unhealthy food not just promotes unhealthy weight gain but triggers excess inflammation too that leads to life-threatening diseases.
Eat anti-inflammatory foods and live for long years!
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