Just the word ‘inflammation’ tends to hit a nerve. It immediately pulls up images of angry red skin or swollen joints.
But in this case we are talking about the dangers of chronic inflammation in the body and what we should know and do about it.
MD Anderson doctor explains the complexities. First we have to realize inflammation can be serious, causing damage to body cells, tissue and the immune system which can open the door to cancer. But at the same time, inflammation is crucial to fight infection and repair body injuries.
So the key is keeping the lid on chronic inflammation
MD Anderson tells us chronic inflammation can be set off by obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, second hand smoke, stress, and bad diet. And often it leaves no initial warning signs.
What You Eat Can Help Fight Chronic Inflammation
I think every time I head off to the Farmer’s Market, instead of buzzing through my favorite burger place, I am fighting inflammation.
And the more fresh whole fruits and vegetables I ate at home the better. Also cooking at home and eating in more of the time helps to keep our diet healthier.
When I am setting up a barbecue I skip the hotdogs and beef burgers and try new salmon recipes along with lots of veggies or turkey burgers with spicy mustard and corn on the cob.
When we shop I skip the pepperoni, sausage, bacon aisle, pass up sodas and sports drinks and dodge most of the packaged and instant foods. I also avoid unhealthy oils such as corn, sunflower, peanut and soybean.
I also scoop up some avocadoes, and buy whole grains, black beans, olives, walnuts, chicken, turkey and tuna.
I also add the following to my cart: cherries, sweet potatoes, raisins, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, green, white and black teas, Brussel sprouts, kale, hormone free milk and low fat Greek yogurt.
Think in terms of taste appeal
With a list like this you might want to amp up the appeal for your family by turning the ingredients into cherry tarts, raspberry pie, black bean tacos, tuna melts, Greek yogurt dip loaded with kale, spinach and artichokes or blueberry smoothies. If any of these become family favorites you can single them out and then look for more that fit the profile for fighting inflammation.
The more you learn about chronic inflammation and the more ways you fight back the better. If you feel you or someone in your family has a problem with chronic inflammation, see your chiropractor or doctor to review the situation and set up a better diet.
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