Is your body on fire? I don’t mean literally. I’m hot all the time, and I always think of it as my body constantly at work: burning calories, fueling, cleaning, fighting all the demands that I give it from exercise, environmental pollutants, etc. If your body is in a state of constant inflammation…actions should be taken to stop or reduce inflammation.
First, let’s define inflammation. In an article found on the website, WebMD, inflammation is described as the following:
Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect us from infection with foreign substances, such as bacteria and viruses.
Let me define it without the mumbo jumbo so that I don’t lose you all. It’s your body’s way of protecting itself. However, sometimes in the process it creates situations that you may not like.
Here are some of the examples of what inflammation can cause:
- Acute Bronchitis
- Acute Tonsillitis
- Asthma (more chronic)
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The list goes on, but you get the point. In a much smaller scale, inflammation can cause irritations, rashes, swelling, etc. If it continues further and becomes chronic, it can lead to chronic disease. Inflammation can be a result of stress, over exercising, eating processed food.
Ok the point is not to scare you but to point out that you have choices in what you eat to help fight inflammation.
Here are some inflammation fighting foods:
- Your leafy greens! Make it dark!
- Olive Oil
- Dark Chocolate
Start making better choices. It’s your life, your health.
1. What is Inflammation?. (n.d.). . Retrieved July 5, 2014, from http://www.webmd.com/arthritis/about-inflammation
2. 14 Foods That Fight Inflammation. (2014, January 1). . Retrieved July 5, 2014, from http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20705881,00.html
3. Krans, B. (2010, July 29). Foods That Reduce Inflammation. . Retrieved July 5, 2014, from http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/treating-rheumatoid-arthritis#4