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Let’s understand better some of the ailments that surround us all and try to feel better with the use of some natural sources.
We all aspire to live our best life, pain-free, and full of energy!
This week our in-depth look is at Anti-inflammatory.
So … what is an Anti-inflammatory?
Inflammation occurs in our body when our immune system responds to an injury or an infection. It is a vital process to heal, repair damaged tissues, or defend our body against invaders such as viruses and bacteria. Without inflammation, injuries could fester, and a simple infection could be deadly.
There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic.
The acute inflammation type is a short-term response with localized effects (such as redness, swelling, pain…). These reactions happen most of the time after a cut, a bang, or an infection.
The chronic inflammation type can have a long-term response and sometimes occurs in the whole body.
This type of general inflammation may contribute to the development of diseases such as autoimmune disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus…).
The immune system acts as if regular tissues are infected causing damage to healthy cells, tissues, and organs.
To help our body with inflammation, some anti-inflammatory medications on the market may be prescribed to help to fight the pain and the chronic inflammation. However, these drugs might not always be safe and may lead to side effects.
A healthy diet with anti-inflammatory properties may help to keep the inflammation under control and the pain away.
What may an Anti-inflammatory help with?
When the body starts causing harmful inflammation, an anti-inflammatory might be necessary to release the pain and discomfort.
For example, in the case of Rheumatoid arthritis, where joints are permanently inflamed, the lining of the joints are affected, and a painful swelling occurs, the use of an anti-inflammatory may ease these symptoms.
Psoriasis is the result of abnormal activity of the immune system. Many studies have shown that psoriasis is a systemic inflammatory disease that may trigger other chronic diseases. Indeed, inflammatory processes may be associated with the development of co-morbidities, which, themselves, may have consequences on the patient's health and quality of life. Therefore, treating psoriasis may have the potential to improve patient outcomes and may possibly also bring protection against those co-morbidities.
Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease cause inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract. As of today, there is no well-known cure against Crohn’s disease. Nevertheless, few treatments may be used to decrease the inflammation and try to stay in remission.
Many chronic inflammatory diseases could be quoted. They can be a lifetime disease or last for months/years. Their severity and symptoms would vary from person to person. Therefore, the use of medication might be helpful for many people suffering from these conditions. A good diet may also give our system a nice boost to fight inflammations.
What food contains Anti-inflammatory compounds?
"Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects," says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
A good diet that may help in reducing inflammation should include, green leafy vegetables and fruits such as blueberries, oranges, apples. They are high in natural antioxidants and polyphenols: protective compounds.
Other kinds of foods recommended involve- tomatoes, nuts, coffee, fatty fish, and healthy oils.
Some studies suggest following the Mediterranean diet if you are looking for a stricter eating plan that may reduce chronic disease risks or symptoms linked with inflammation.
Curcumin, the most active compound in turmeric, is also well known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties (especially combined with piperine where the bioavailability is increased by 2000%).
A less processed diet may also have noticeable effects on emotional health, therefore on a better quality of life.
Trying to get into a healthy routine with a good diet may help reduce inflammation. It is important to try to maintain good body weight, exercise regularly, and incorporate a diet rich in fruit vegetables. Considering taking a health-supplement such as TurmeriX® may be a good strategy to try to reduce an inflammation disorder.
Check out our next article and discover Antimicrobial compounds, another factor that can influence our health.