Chronic, or internal inflammation is a prolonged inflammation characterized by concurring destruction and healing of the tissues and internal organs. Chronic inflammation may be caused by untreated acute inflammation (infection), an autoimmune disorder, causing your immune system to attack your otherwise healthy tissues, or internal inflammation may be triggered by long-term exposure to toxins, pollutants or inflammatory foods.
Internal inflammation causes overproduction and release of interleukin-6, CRP, and free radicals to fight infection. However, if there’s no real infection to fight, these chemicals begin to attack healthy tissues and organs and may lead to autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Chronic inflammation has been linked to inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and hypersensitivities, diabetes, heart disease, acne, celiac disease, and asthma.
If you have ever cut your finger or scraped your knee, you have experienced the pain, heat, swelling, and redness of inflammation. Now imagine that same response in your joints or the lining of your stomach and intestines. You can see why it is important to reduce inflammation not just because of the pain it causes, but also because chronic inflammation (unlike acute inflammation) is detrimental to your body.
There are simple, natural foods that you can choose which can help reduce and even prevent inflammation.
Here are three popular anti-inflammatory foods you should add to your diet:
- Berries – Berries such as raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals and rich in antioxidants. Berries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, phytonutrients which have anti-inflammatory effects that may reduce your risk of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Goji berries are an orange-red fruit produced by the wolfberry plant native to China. Goji berries are very high in antioxidants and popular for their anti-inflammatory properties.
- Papaya – Papaya contains papain, a protein-digesting enzyme. Papain, along with other nutrients such as vitamin E and C, helps to reduce inflammation and improves digestion. Papaya is also high in fiber and water content which supports a healthy digestive tract. If you are interested in foods that reduce inflammation, and you enjoy tropical fruit, then papaya is perfect food for you to add to your diet.
- Pineapple – Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that aids in the healing of indigestion, sports injury, trauma and other kinds of swelling and inflammation. Bromelain decreases inflammation associated with joint pain, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and other inflammatory diseases. Extracts of bromelain are used in natural based anti-inflammatory supplements for arthritis.
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