Inflammation occurs when your immune system is activated because the body identifies something foreign, such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or a chemical. It can also result from trauma, illness, and stress. Inflammation as a response to these situations is necessary to keep you healthy, but long-term inflammation is problematic. Chronic inflammation has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s. It is often the result of an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle. The most effective way to combat inflammation is through a healthy diet and active lifestyle, and in some cases the use of supplements are effective and even necessary.
Natural Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Rather than turning to medication or supplements, the most effective way to combat inflammation and help prevent related diseases is by eating a healthy diet. Eating a diet with lots of whole foods (avoiding processed foods) will help you to prevent inflammation.
Foods that are especially effective at combating inflammation include tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, nuts, and fruits. In contrast, you’ll want to avoid inflammation-causing foods like refined carbohydrates, fried foods, soda, red meat, processed meat, margarine, and shortening.
In general, a healthy diet that is plentiful in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains is the most effective way for you to avoid chronic inflammation and its many negative effects.
Natural Anti-Inflammatory Supplements
Exercise, good sleep, stress management, and a diet that is rich in anti-inflammatory foods can all help fight inflammation. For some people, supplements can also be an effective and natural way to combat inflammation, especially for people with extreme inflammation or side effects. Some natural supplements that can help to reduce inflammation include:
- Curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric
- Fish oil supplements or flax seeds containing omega-3 fatty acids
- Ginger, which in addition to reducing inflammation can help relieve muscle pain and soreness after exercise
- Green tea, as it’s rich in antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation
- Resveratrol, found in grapes, blueberries, red wine, and peanuts
- Spirulina, a blue-green algae that has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
Before taking a supplement, it’s important to remember that even natural supplements can have side effects and adverse effects. As a result, it’s always important to consult with a physician before taking any type of supplement.
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