It’s implicated in a range of health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. You may not even know you’re living with it.
What is it? It’s inflammation, and in its chronic form, it can wreak havoc on the body.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation has been defined as “A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a result of infection, irritation, or injury. Inflammation can be external or internal.”
According to nutritionist and dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, temporary inflammation is our body’s way of fending off sudden injury or infection. When inflammation becomes a chronic issue, however, “the immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells, and the process that ordinarily heals becomes destructive.”
Foods That Cause and Reduce Inflammation
Do you have inflammation-causing foods lurking in your pantry or fridge? Culprits include white sugar and flour, dairy, alcohol and foods fried in trans-fats. Along with reducing or removing these damaging foods from your diet, consider adding inflammation-fighting foods to help stave off illness.
- Fatty fish
- Nuts including walnuts, cashews and almonds
- Orange and yellow fruits
- Dark leafy greens
- Avocados in small amounts
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Ginger, saffron, garlic and turmeric
Natural Chiropractic Care for Better Health
In addition to making smart dietary decisions to reduce inflammation, we encourage you to visit us for regular chiropractic care. Keeping your spine aligned and your nervous system in check may help reduce dangerous, disease-causing inflammation.