One way to fight inflammation, which is the body’s normal response to injury, is with food, says experts.
Lauren Whitt, Ph.D., UAB Employee Wellness director and adjunct professor of personal health said that the inflammation process has one goal: to respond immediately to detect and destroy the toxic material in damaged tissues before it can spread throughout the body.
She said that the trouble with inflammation occurs when the defence system gets out-of-control and begins to destroy healthy tissue, causing more damage than the original issue.
According to the National Council on Strength and Fitness Obesity has even been found to cause inflammation, and it can lead to the development of cardiovascular and metabolic disease. But weight loss is related to reduction of inflammation.
Whitt said that she encourage people to focus on eating foods that are high in fiber.
Anti-inflammatory foods to try:
• Citrus fruits – Vitamin C and Vitamin E are essential antioxidants.
• Dark, leafy greens – High in Vitamin.
• Tomatoes – The fruit’s red pigment, lycopene, is a potent antioxidant.
• Wild-caught salmon – Contains a rich concentration of omega-3 fatty acid.
Whitt added that eating anti-inflammatory foods should not be viewed as daunting.
She said that eating to minimize inflammation doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task as one can easily incorporating leafy greens into a salad at lunch, or add a piece of whole fruit to the breakfast.
In addition, Whitt said to consume more foods straight from the farm, as well as fewer processed and fried foods. Doing so may reduce the need for some medications.