Inflammation is not an uncommon occurrence; it is merely the body’s way of saying that it is hurt or under stress. The immune system, in an attempt to control the damage, or the entry of allergens, infection, pathogens, etc will swell and constrict blood flow, leading to the reddening of the skin and tissue. In normal circumstances, the inflammation is acute and gets rectified. However, during chronic conditions and autoimmune diseases, it does more harm than good.
Many millions of those suffering from such autoimmune and chronic conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, and diabetes among several others take prescription drugs to control and reduce the intensity of the inflammation. These drugs carry along with it a list of heart and stroke risk, that come in the fine print. This is why people are opening up to healthier and more importantly, natural ways of counteracting the inflammation.
Let us take a look at some plant-based foods that help you fight inflammation, with an iron hand:
For starters, it is important to restrict and by and large, stop dairy intake. The reason for which is the presence of trans-fats and foreign sugars like Neu5gc- which is responsible for triggering inflammation response. Eliminating or at least a control on milk and cheese will help in speedy recovery.
Foods That Fight Inflammation
There are certain spices that have been used for ages to fight infection and acts as a potent anti-inflammatory. Two of those, are turmeric and ginger; both are inflammation-fighting powerhouses. Simply sprinkle a bit of turmeric on your soup or roasted veggies or your smoothies. Ginger has a stronger taste, so simply cut thin, small pieces and add it to your plant-based meal, to fly under the radar.
Dark Leafy Greens
There are a select few leafy greens that do wonders to control the inflammation. Spinach, Kale and Collard are part of this select few. Spinach can be stir-fried and tossed in with a handful of fresh vegetable cuts; you may cook the collards with onions, garlic and finely cut ginger, or you may make a fresh kale salad with home-made dressing. Anything and everything works when you have leafy dark greens in the equation.
Make sure to generously add in walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds to your oats and meals. Do slightly roast them so as to give them a sharper flavor. You can add in the cut nuts to your salads for a crunchier texture and can even make home-made butter using them.
Consult your doctor, dump the pills and go natural- it will make all the difference.