Have you ever had any of the following symptoms? Fatigue, muscle soreness, headache, fever, loss of appetite, muscle stiffness, rashes, or any other unexplained discomfort or pain? This is a sign that your body is trying to tell you something is wrong.
Inflammation is a response to something unusual and your body’s natural response to protect itself. That’s when your immune system is activated in order to fight off something foreign. If left untreated, inflammation can be linked to the development of several diseases in the long run, such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
There are several factors that play a key role in the cause of inflammation including infection, injury, or stress. Certain foods can also play a big role in increasing inflammation. These include sugar, processed foods, refined carbs, fried foods, excessive alcohol, processed meats, and vegetable oils.
The first line of treatment and recommendation for fighting and reducing inflammation is to choose a healthy nutrient-rich diet and incorporate specific anti-inflammatory foods, like the below:
1. Leafy green vegetables (Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard)
4. Citric fruits (Blueberries, Cherries, Oranges)
5. Fatty fish (Sardine, Salmon, Mackerel)
6. Beans (Black Beans, Pinto Beans, Kidney Beans, Navy Beans)
7. Olive oil
8. Raw nuts (Almonds, Walnuts)
The aim is to go for a healthy diet, incorporating the above foods, while additionally finding ways to manage stress through exercise and proper sleep. As always, before jumping to medicine as the easiest treatment, try adding these kinds of foods into your diet first and you’ll probably see the difference in terms of symptom reduction and energy level increase overtime.
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