So many suffer in silence. They are told there is no hope. There is no end to the pain and inflammation. They must take a handful of medications and live with it. I say, "No way!"
I found myself in these shoes but refused to accept the fact that I would "hurt" forever.
This led me to over four years of searching and researching for an answer. The answer did not come in the form of a pill.
Where to find the answer to fight you inflammation...
A Harvard Health publication proclaims that doctors have learned one of the best remedies for fighting inflammation will not be found in your medicine cabinet, but in your refrigerator.
It's interesting to learn the purpose of the immune system, and according to the Harvard article, it's designed to attack anything foreign in a physical body, such as an invading plant pollen, or chemical.
The process of its attack is called inflammation, and intermittent bouts of it will stomp out the invaders to protect your health. But if the inflammation is constant, it remains in fight mode even if a foreign invader doesn't exist. That's what causes a big problem. It becomes the enemy.
Many major diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer's link to chronic inflammation.
What's refreshing to learn is one of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation comes not from medications, but from your grocery store.
"Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects," says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Instead of spending high dollars to fight inflammation, choose the right foods instead.
Like everything else, there are "good" foods that help reduce inflammation, and there are "bad" choices that can make matters worse. So stay away from the ones that accelerate the inflammatory disease process.
Foods to avoid
Try to avoid or limit the following:
White bread and pastries - the refined carbohydrates
Fried foods and even French fries
Carbonated sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages
Processed meat, like hot dogs, sausage, and even red meat
Shortening and margarine
Foods that fight inflammation
Olive oil - yes, oive oil! I use it daily. The only oil I use.
Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale and collards
Nuts like almonds and walnuts
Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
Fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
Tumeric is also a great source for anti-inflammatory results. (Personal testimony to this)
Eat foods rich in anti-inflammatory compounds.
This list also boosts the brain.
Pineapples keeps blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots
Celery has luteolin, which calms a type of immune cell in the brain, and spinal cord.
Cucumbers have lots of potassium, which plays a key role in helping brain cells - low potassium levels relate to mood problems and depression
Eat foods with boron, which helps boost mental alertness, such as raisins, chickpeas, almonds.
Focus on foods that improve brain health, because substances secreted by certain immune system cells spill into the bloodstream and enter the brain and can damage the brain's nerve cells, affecting memory and thinking skills.
SOURCE: Caroline Apovian, an endocrinologist at Boston University School of Medicine.
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