We all know how important good nutrition is for a variety of reasons, but did you know you can also boost your body’s capacity to heal with a diet full of nutritious foods? Certain foods have been shown to help lower pain levels. Of course, a healthy diet is not the silver bullet for all ailments; but eating those foods that reduce inflammation and avoiding the ones that increase it can have a positive impact.
Under normal circumstances, inflammation can be a good thing. It is the body’s response to fight off harmful things like infections, viruses and bacteria. Inflammation, when it is working correctly, protects your body with the white blood cells. Unfortunately, things can go wrong.
Your immune system can become your body’s enemy when it is not working properly. Some diseases like arthritis will trigger inflammation even though there are no invaders to fight off. Autoimmune diseases cause the body to attack normal tissues as if they were infected or invaders. These attacks cause damage to the body.
Certain foods can exacerbate inflammation. Refined carbohydrates and sugar are among the main culprits. Cookies, pies and cakes may taste great, but not only do they add pounds over time, they also increase inflammation.
You can read article after article about anti-inflammatory foods on the internet. The chemical makeup of these foods fight inflammation. They can do this in a variety of ways. Some act as pain relievers, producing effects similar to ibuprofen. Antioxidants can prevent, delay or repair some types of damage inflicted on cells and tissues.
Eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods is not difficult. In fact, it can be rather simple if you keep these things in mind:
- Limit red meat. It can feed inflammation. This does not mean it necessarily needs to be eliminated; however, if you keep it to a minimum, your cells and tissues will thank you.
- Eliminate processed foods. High on the list of foods that invite inflammation are sugary foods and drinks. Unhealthy fats are also linked to inflammation.
- Plants are good for you. Whole plants are full of anti-inflammatory nutrients. Eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and legumes will do a lot to reduce inflammation.
- Antioxidants are important. Perhaps you have heard that these gems can help you stay looking younger longer and they are good for brain health. You will find these in brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Think berries and leafy greens. You also find antioxidants in green tea, ginger and turmeric.
- Omega-3s help regulate the inflammatory process. You can find these healthy fats in cold water fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel. They can also be found in walnuts and pecans.
Your healthy diet may not cure your autoimmune disease, but it will help you feel better. The team at Sovereign Rehabilitation is also on hand to help you feel better when you have joint problems or pain in your back. Contact us when you need help for pain.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
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