Inflammation is recognized by pain, swelling, redness and heat around the affected area. There are different options to treat inflammation. One is medicines, which so far hasn’t been most successful because it doesn’t really cure the problem. The other option is the natural way, from where our body originates from; our body been made by nature and gets its natural products from nature. This means selecting the food that your body needs, because shortfalls of some ingredients most likely caused the illness in the first place. It is also understood our body can react different to foods, because some foods being metabolized different to others. What that means, as in inflammation some foods can have a positive or a negative result. Here are some of the natural anti inflammatory foods; if selected correctly they will make that difference in healing.
Natural Anti Inflammatory Foods
Vegetables and fruits: Vegetables and fruits of green and bright colour help the process of inflammatory conditions. Vegetables and fruits are rich in antioxidants such as vitamins, minerals, fibre which the body needs every day to stay healthy. There are many varieties, per example, squash, sweet potatoes, avocados, beans, lentils, dark green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables. All of these have many antioxidants, phytochemicals and anti inflammatory properties present.
Also rich in anti inflammatory foods are olive oil, coconut oil, salmon, sardines, and avocados. All of them contain omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for inflammation and joint health. The acid from omega 3 is an inflammatory agent that changes into prostaglandins which is a hormone like substance. Omega 3 is not only beneficial for joint pain and inflammation, it is also important for health in general. We only can get omega from our diet, therefore it is important to include some of the healthy oils such olive, coconut, macadamia and krill, which is stronger than fish oil. There are many options of foods available which contain a variety of omega.
Oils you should know about
Olive oil has more health benefits than most people realise. Make sure to use it in your diet as much as possible. Olive oil is high in antioxidants and is containing a substance called oleuropein. Medical science has determined that extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest foods we can add to our diet. This oil is most helpful and effective for arthritis sufferers because it can cool inflammation and ease joint pain. However, for cooking, frying, baking etc. use only coconut or macadamia nut oil. Other oils when heated become toxic and usually turn into trans fats which can trigger inflammation and joint pain, as well as other health issues. Avoid these oils: Vegetable oils, soy bean, canola, these are the more common ones most people know about because of the names. Yes, they have a healthy sounding name, but they are not healthy.
Turmeric would be on top of the list in reducing inflammation and joint pain. As well turmeric has a compound curcumin which is known for many health benefits and has the power to cure joint pain. It is best used in its natural powdery form and added to your diet when possible, the more the better. Other important spices used for reducing inflammation are cinnamon, rosemary, garlic, ginger and oregano. These are high in polyphenols and bioflavonoids which help to reduce inflammation as well as fight off free radicals. Cayenne pepper is also known for its anti inflammatory property and its capsicum content which is added to some creams for pain relief.
Whole grains which contain carbohydrates can also help in preventing spikes in the sugar level of the blood, as it is known that sugar promotes inflammation. However, use only non refined whole grains, once processing has taken place all the goodness is lost, such as vitamins, minerals and fibre. Among the best grains are oats: Whole oats, whole wheat, quinoa, couscous and Bulgar. To take a multi supplement is of benefit, it can fill the spot of some foods you otherwise may not get from your diet as needed daily. However, your first priority must always be the diet, only than when taking a supplement you will get best value.
Make It Work!
The right type of food and supplementation is crucial to treat arthritis, inflammation and joint pain. Multi vitamins that contain vitamin C, E, zinc, B 6, copper and boron are good to have included in your diet. It has been found that some nutrients deficiency in patients could be the cause of suffering from arthritis. There is also strong evidence that exercise is just as important as your diet. Anyone suffering with arthritis pain, the last thing you would think about is exercise. You avoid moving as little as possible because every time you move it creates pain. In fact, exercise is the alternative to joint pain relief, because it breaks the tendency to favour your joints and to avoid movement. Avoidance of movement and exercise will ultimately make the pain worse and weakens the body.
Not every diet has the same effect on every one. When selecting a certain diet most people have not the patience to continue and to try a variety of things. Inflammation and joint pain is not a quick fix; it will take time and persistency. I have travelled this road knowing what’s involved. I also know it is achievable with consistency. Once you started don’t give up.