Combating Inflammation Through Nutrition
By Stephen R. Farris
If you've ever had an injury, then you've dealt with inflammation. After all, it's part of your body's natural defense system. But what happens when our bodies wage all out war on inflammation? Usually we end up turning to over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine to try and return it to normal firing mode. We may even have to get a doctor to write a prescription for something stronger if the store-bought medication just doesn't do the trick.
But have you ever considered trying a more natural remedy? What if I told you that you could very well eat your way to reducing inflammation? You heard right. There are certain foods that are packed with antioxidants that can actually do this. So what are they? Let's check out a few.
Not just for dipping in chocolate, although that does sound good. Cherries contain anthocyanins and Vitamin C. Of course, we all should know Vitamin C helps boost our immune system. Cherries are great by themselves or you can use them in your favorite fruit smoothie recipe.
Not just grown in Mexico, but in many areas of the United States and a few other foreign countries as well, avocados are good fat for our diet and heart-healthy to boot. They're also high in fiber and a nice complement to a fiber-rich diet, which can help in the war against inflammation. They're delicious to eat by themselves as well, or can be used in a variety of heart-healthy dishes.
They're red in color and have a distinct taste, but they have plenty of antioxidant power to assist in attacking inflammation due to betalains. Beets can be eaten alone or as a side with meals and salads.
When I mention dark vegetables, I'm referring in particular to the leafy green kind. Kale, collards and spinach are considered dark, leafy green and contain a power-punch of antioxidants to help combat inflammation. The main nutrients found in these dark greens are lutein, folate and Vitamin K.
There are quite a few other vegetables you can check out and do research on. Talk with your local chiropractor, such as the ones found at The Joint Chiropractic. With over 500 nationwide locations, one of the on-staff chiropractors can offer tips and suggestions on ways you can combat inflammation through nutrition, as well as help you find relief when dealing with back, joint or neck pain. No appointment is necessary and there are no insurance hassles to deal with either. Just walk right in!
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clarksville, Tenn.