To simply put it, inflammation is a mechanism in immunity. Inflammation is something that always takes place in response to any kind of damage to our cells or tissue. It also occurs if we get injured or from organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The inflammatory process must occur in order for our bodies to heal. For example when we have a high grade fever, that fever is an indication that the body’s inflammatory process has kicked in and is sending everything it needs ( certain fighter cells) to tackle the problem taking place. When this happens the blood vessels will dilate (open up) to allow more blood to go to the problem area. The area of inflammation may also become swollen, hot, red, and painful.
What I just described is acute inflammation, after it occurs the body and problem area should return back to normal. Now, when acute inflammation is not able to be resolved our body’s in return enter a chronic inflammatory state. When our body’s remain in a chronic inflammatory state this is return can lead to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, asthma, depression, and so much more.
Now when we think of nutrition we also want to keep in mind that there are foods that can enhance and trigger inflammation and there are foods that can heal the process of inflammation and help the body return back to a normal state.For foods to be able to do such a task goes to show you how important good nutrition is and how foods heal the body.
Foods that reduce inflammation are foods such as dark green leafy vegetables ( spinach, kale), flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, potassium broth, and foods high in omega 3’s.
Foods that will keep the cycle of inflammation in the body include animal fats (meat), dairy (milk), sugar, salt, refined grains ( white rice, white bread), and fried foods.
Animal fats can help us to initially to promote the inflammatory process because they make pro inflammatory “eicosaniods” but the problem is that the western diet promotes more “building blocks” to keep these pro inflammatory eicosanoids in our body so the inflammation never goes away and becomes chronic.
Remember we all have a choice to make when it comes to the way we eat and good nutrition. Choose the foods that will heal your body.
Deeply Holistic By : Pip Waller