It's found in a wide variety of health problems, including heart disease, certain cancers, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease. You might not even know you are living with it.
What could it be? Surprisingly, it's inflammation. Unknown to many, inflammation in its chronic form can be incredibly damaging to the body.
What Exactly Is Inflammation?
Defined as “A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a result of infection, irritation, or injury. Inflammation can be external or internal.”
According to Nicholas Perricone, MD, who is a nutritionist and dermatologist, our body's way of fighting off sudden injury or infection is through inflammation. Issues arise, however, when inflammation becomes a chronic concern. When that occurs, "the immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells, and the process that ordinarily heals becomes destructive.”
Foods That Cause and Reduce Inflammation
Did you know that what you eat could be causing inflammation? It can be caused by flour and white sugar, alcohol, dairy, and foods that are fried in trans-fats. Consider removing these culprits from your diet. While some foods cause inflammation, there are also some that fight it. Try adding these foods to your diet to help stave off illness.
- Nuts including walnuts, cashews and almonds
- Orange and yellow fruits
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Fatty fish
- Dark leafy greens
- Avocados in small amounts
- Ginger, saffron, garlic and turmeric
Better Health and Natural Chiropractic Care
In addition to making smart decisions with what you eat to reduce inflammation, we can also help you fight off inflammation. Call us and arrange for regular chiropractic care. Keeping your spine aligned and your nervous system in check may help lessen your risk of disease-causing and dangerous inflammation.