Inflammation is a healthy process that comes to your body’s aid when you injure yourself. For example, if you cut your finger while making a meal, your body’s inflammatory response sends in an army of white blood cells to the scene that destroy lurking bacteria and mend any ragged tissue. There are 2 types of inflammation.
1. Acute Inflammation
- Acute inflammation is short-term and occurs after a scrape, cut, sprained ankle, tonsillitis, acute bronchitis, and appendicitis.
2. Chronic Inflammation
- Chronic inflammation is long-term and occurs when you suffer from conditions such as autoimmune diseases, osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and Crohn’s disease. Some contributing factors are your environment and lifestyle.
Chronic inflammation contributes to poor health. The good news is, you can eliminate the foods that irritate your body and eat more of those that fight inflammation to ease the symptoms that make you feel uncomfortable. Nutritionists recommend that you incorporate more of the following foods into your diet:
- Avocados contain excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli contain Sulforaphane which may block enzymes linked to joint deterioration and chronic inflammation.
- Watermelon contains lycopene, a cellular inhibitor for inflammatory processes.
- Berries have polyphenol compounds which moderate inflammation.
- Cold-water fish are the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These acids protect against the causes and effects of chronic inflammation.
According to Dr. Frank Lipman, you can determine if you have inflammation by testing your blood’s level of C-reactive protein. Some of the warning signs you should know about are:
Fighting chronic inflammation can require big changes, and the payoff is even bigger. Melanie will help you find the solutions that are right for you.