Foods to Fight Inflammation

Fire in your belly? Burning in your body? Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.

 

According to Livescience, there are two types of inflammation.

 

Acute inflammation – like that experienced when you cut or scratch your skin, get an infected ingrown nail, a sprained ankle, acute bronchitis, a sore throat, tonsillitis or appendicitis. It is short-term and the effects subside after a few days.

 

The second form of inflammation is Chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation occurs over a long period of time as a result of ongoing stresses and wear and tear in the body. It can cause diseases like osteoarthritis, and autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease.

 

Chronic inflammation is often associated with behavioural or environmental factors such as pollution or poor diet which has made it of interest to nutritionists. We can assist the body to heal itself and even completely alleviate symptoms of autoimmune diseases by making dietary changes. How do we do this? Read on!

 

Ditch the inflammatory foods

An anti-inflammatory diet means ditching the highly processed and sugary foods.
Nutritionist Lee Holmes cautions that “Sugar is very inflammatory, it’s going to feed your bad bacteria and upset your balance of good and bad flora.”

 

Dr Nicola Angel, microbiome expert at the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics explains that “A lot of autoimmune diseases weren’t prevalent until our diet became highly processed. If you look at the microbiome of ancient people, as well as hunter gatherers who still exist today, they’re markedly different and you don’t have the correlation of diseases we have.” [3]

 

Load up on anti-inflammatory foods

Try and switch your diet up to include an abundance of foods that are rich in antioxidants, minerals and essential fatty acids like fruit, vegetables, seafood and tigernuts! [4]

 

Tigernuts are particularly praised for their anti-inflammatory healing properties.
In fact, in 2005 the American Journal of Immunology published a study on the correlation of the supplementation of tigernuts to mice and their subsequent anti-inflammatory cell response [5].
The results showed that the active ingredients in tigernuts regulate the production of inflammatory cells improving the inflammatory responses. These results have provided a new avenue for the natural remedy-based treatment of inflammatory diseases. Thanks science!

 

To eat for long term health, lowering inflammation in the body is crucial. If there wasn’t already enough reasons to be eating tigernuts for our health, its anti-inflammatory goodness sure gives us another excellent excuse to be munching tigernuts on the regular!

 

Love TFF xx

 

  1. http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/foods-cause-inflammation
  2. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248423.php#difference_between_chronic_and_acute
  3. http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-health/the-good-food-guide-to-gut-health-20160621-gpoal1
  4. https://draxe.com/anti-inflammatory-foods/
  5. http://www.tigernuts.com/blog/dietary-supplementation-tigernuts-attenuated-atherosclerotic-lesion-68/

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