Fighting inflammation one bite at a time

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Inflammation is a process in a healthy chemistry that can serve a useful and beneficial response, protecting the body from infection and foreign substances like bacteria and viruses. Inflammation in excess due to injury, poor lifestyle, or lack of rest can become problematic and be a factor in many different diseases. Sometimes inflammation causes damage to its own tissues and leads to autoimmune diseases.

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Fighting inflammation one bite at a time

  1. 1. Fighting Inflammation One Bite at a Time Inflammation is a process in a healthy chemistry that can serve a useful and beneficial response, protecting the body from infection and foreign substances like bacteria and viruses. Inflammation in excess due to injury, poor lifestyle, or lack of rest can become problematic and be a factor in many different diseases. Sometimes inflammation causes damage to its own tissues and leads to autoimmune diseases. There are two basic types of inflammation:  Acute inflammation  Chronic inflammation Acute inflammation occurs quickly over hours and days. Chronic inflammation is persistent and leads to inflammatory diseases like arthritis, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, and pulmonary diseases. People with chronic inflammatory diseases suffer because inflammation cannot be fully controlled. The symptoms of inflammation include redness, joint pain, joint stiffness, swelling, and warmth as well as the loss of function in the affected area. Stress plays a major role in inflammation production. Negative biochemical processes occur in the body and this process causes excessive inflammation. Aging of cells and breakdown of collagen are also due to inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medications are not safe to use and only mask the problem. Vioxx, the anti-inflammatory drug prescribed to millions of people, was found to double the risk of having a heart attack. As many as 60,000 people died before the drug was pulled from the market.
  2. 2. Anti-inflammatory foods improve the circulation and digestion in the body, and reduce inflammation. Eat foods that are high in antioxidants and rich in color. Strawberries, grapes, blackberries, papayas, asparagus, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil are some examples of foods that are rich in antioxidants. Drinking plenty of water keeps the body hydrated and helps with digestion. Avoid sugary and carbonated drinks, and replace them with fresh vegetable juices that are great sources of antioxidants. Eating fish, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds – all rich in omega-3 fatty acids – help to reduce inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. Junk food, fast foods, sugary foods, and high-fat foods increase inflammation in the body and should be avoided. Some vegetables, like potatoes and eggplants, may increase pain from inflammation. What you leave out is important! Eliminating processed food while choosing a fruit and vegetable based diet reduces inflammation dramatically. ____________________________________________________________ ___________ Dr. Fred Bisci is an organic and raw food nutritionist with over 40 years of experience helping people improve longevity and reduce the risk of diet related illnesses. He has assisted over 35,000 people to improve health by focusing not only on what goes into the body, but what is left out. For more information on how a lifestyle rich in vitamins, minerals and water-plump fresh produce can help you feel better and live longer, visit: www.anydoubtleaveitout.com

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