We all have heard of the word inflammation; thanks to the ever changing hectic lifestyle of ours. So basically what is inflammation? Scientifically, inflammation is a series of chemical reactions occurring within the body when there is a damage done to the cells. Have you noticed what happens when you get a cut? It swells a little, turns red a bit! This is inflammation at work with both red and white blood cells and other body repairing tissues reaching the site of injury to repair the damage done and kill out any foreign particles. With time, the redness and swelling goes away as the wound heals. Thus, inflammation does its duty and leaves, as it should.But the problem with inflammation starts when it resides for a longer time than normal or becomes chronic. When inflammation lasts longer than it is intended to, it starts creating problems like lowered immunity, degenerative diseases, depression and even deadly diseases like cancer.To worsen the situation is the easy availability of pain killers which most of us pop down the throat without any consultation from a doctor, ignoring its side effects. For example, Aspirin, the most popular of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is so easily and readily available that we don’t consider it as a dangerous drug; but in reality, it is especially dangerous for alcoholics, as the combination of painkillers and alcohol can cause severe damage to the lever.
Foods That Heal Inflammation – Hoard of Herbal Healing!
Moving ahead to the positive side, there is good news that we can easily cure and prevent inflammation by following a good diet. There are many anti inflammatory foods and herbs which we can easily include in our diet for a healthy life. Let’s explore them out.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a well known antioxidant that helps the body to deal with stress. Vitamin C is water-soluble; excess of it is expelled out from the body in urine. Fresh fruits, especially citrus, lemon, tomatoes, berries, mangoes, and many vegetables are rich in vitamin C.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a bright orange root that contains a compound called curcumin used widely in Indian dishes as a spice. Curcumin acts as antioxidant, helps cell from damages, decreases cholesterol and improves circulation and boosts up the digestion.
- Ginger: Since long time, it is being used for medicinal purposes, particularly for fighting inflammation and healing purposes. It has active ingredients with anti-inflammatory and pain killing powers, and also, it is an effective remedy for various kinds of nausea troubles. We can include it in our daily food by various ways. It also has many medicinal benefits.
- Coconut: Coconut is also known to have many medicinal benefits and is being used since ages as a super food. It is known to contain both anti-microbial and anti-inflammation agents. Coconut water and coconut oil are easily available to us.
- White Willow Bark: White willow bark is the bark of White willow tree. It is mostly served hot in brewing tea and has been in used from ages as a relieving and anti-inflammatory agent. It also contains a compound resembling Aspirin. It is even considered to be very effective especially for lower back pain.
So get yourself served with these “healing herbs” and beat inflammation with the above five powerful super foods.