Imagine striking a match that never burns out. Thats what millions of Americans do when they sit down to eat. Eating junk foods, processed foods, white flour, and white sugar; drinking alcohol, and devouring other empty calories can trigger autoimmune responses throughout our bodies - in our nervous, digestive, respiratory, endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune systems. Its as if our bodies are screaming, Stop! I cant take it! but we just dont get the message.
Rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, peptic ulcers, colitis, sinusitis, periodontitis, Crohns disease, even tuberculosis are among the diseases that can be caused by inflammation. Obesity, lupus, fibromyalgia, kidney disease, migraines, and even some forms of cancer can also be attributed to inflammation.
Medical research has shown that many inflammatory conditions are caused by our toxic diets. Changing your diet can reverse the curse of some of these inflammatory conditions.
Salmon, tuna, mackerel, and other fatty fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids should be a part of your diet several times a week. Bake, boil, or broil the fish without breading or excess salt. Avoid frying.
During the process of lactofermentation, natural bacteria consume sugars and starches in foods which produce lactic acid. This fermentation process can not only preserve foods; it can also produce enzymes, vitamins, and probiotics that can preserve your health as well. Kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, miso, and other fermented foods containing probiotics may help you win the war in your battle against inflammatory disease.
Fruits Of The Vine
Try replacing that candy bar or those chips with a piece of fruit - an apple, some cherries, a slice of pineapple, some strawberries, or blueberries. Eat a rainbow and use the antioxidants in these wonders of nature to reduce cellular damage from free radicals, and quiet the inflammation in your joints.
Drinking To Your Health
Hydration - something as simple as increasing your water intake can quench the inflammation in your body. In addition to straight H2O, try drinking white or green tea every day. Hot or cold, these organic teas contain invaluable antioxidants vital to improving your health.
Greening Your Gut
Greens are good for you, especially for a healthy gut. Eating green leafy veggies - collards, Swiss chard, kale, beet greens, turnip greens, and spinach - will boost your magnesium levels and lower your inflammation.
Spicing Up Your Life
Tumeric, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon can work wonders in reducing the pain and swelling in arthritic joints. Use them in green shakes, organic juicing recipes, and cooking to ramp up the phytochemicals and healthy enzymes in your diet.