The amount of inflammation in our body varies and is dependent on may circumstances like activity level, amount of sleep or stress in our lives and even the foods we eat. Now what you have to realize is that these factors are all accumulative and as the levels increase, the risk for disease increases.
Now, early in life these levels can be so low that you would not even know that you have any inflammation in your body and that is because our bodies do a fair job at controlling the inflammation at least for a while. Then, one day you wake up and you are in your 40s and something is just not right. The fear sets in and you think to yourself what did I do, what did I do wrong or what can I do right now to help myself.
The first step is to get your C-Reactive Protein levels tested. You will need to ask your doctor for the test and may even have to demand to have the test done. All it takes is a blood sample and the doctor or registered dietician will evaluate the test to help you formulate a care plan because our diets can play a large part in achieving optimal health.
If you have pain from inflammation you may choose to take the traditional "medical" path for inflammation such as, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's), steroids and even joint replacement surgery in severe cases. The good news is that there are more natural ways to fight inflammation, and they do not have the undesirable side effects caused by many typical medical treatments.
What you eat makes all the difference
The food we eat is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to controlling inflammation. The average American diet consists of high fat, high sugar, loads of red meat and a frightening amount of processed foods. These are all likely to increase inflammation, not to mention contributing to obesity, yet another high-inflammatory culprit. By switching to an Anti-Inflammatory Diet plan made up of healthy, whole foods, you can actually decrease inflammation and in turn ease the pain and discomfort associated with it.
The first step is to avoid processed foods, foods high in sugar and junk food whenever possible. Instead choose fresh, whole foods including anti-inflammatory varieties like lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. But choose carefully, in fact even some vegetables and pre-packaged "health" foods can work against you. Use this quick list of the best and worst foods in controlling inflammation:
|Anti-inflammatory foods||Pro-inflammatory foods|
|Atlantic Salmon- (wild)||Sugar, from any source|
|Fresh whole fruits, vegetables||Processed foods|
|Bright multi-colored vegetables||French fries|
|Green tea||Fast foods|
|Lean poultry||Ice cream|
|Nuts, legumes and seeds||Cheddar cheeses|
|Dark green leafy vegetables||Snack foods|
|Old fashioned oatmeal||Oils such as vegetable and corn|
|Spices, especially Turmeric and Ginger||Soda, caffeine and alcohol|
In addition to these dietary changes it is also recommended that you:
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