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Inflammation is part of your body’s natural defense mechanisms. When a bruise wells up or a cut turns red, that’s inflammation getting to work to make it better. But chronic illnesses can send inflammation into overdrive; your body knows that something isn’t right and can end up working too hard to try and heal itself – leading to further health problems like diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and even depression. When you suffer from a chronic illness, inflammation can make your symptoms worse, rather than better.
The good news is that there are several things that you can do to help your body and feel better by taming inflammation naturally. While they may not ease any symptoms that you experience completely, they can certainly help to reduce them.
Add Turmeric to Your Diet:
Turmeric is booming recently – largely thanks to curcumin, a compound that gives this spice superior anti-inflammatory powers. According to research, curcumin reduces the production of proteins that cause your immune system to work overtime. However, the research did use high doses of curcumin, so if you want to, it could be worth speaking to your doctor about supplements as you may not be able to get that amount from simply adding turmeric to your food. Five teaspoons of ground turmeric contain around 500mg of curcumin. But, the anti-inflammatory potential of this spice is more than enough reason to sprinkle it liberally on your vegetables, make more curries with a generous helping of turmeric, or even try a golden turmeric latte.
Get More Leafy Greens:
Leafy green vegetables are an important part of your diet and they’re extremely rich in magnesium, so don’t skip them! Magnesium is a crucial mineral for anti-inflammation and sadly, more than half of us aren’t getting enough of it. If you’re not sure how much magnesium you are getting, your doctor can do a blood test to check your levels. People who suffer from high inflammation, or diseases associated with inflammation like diabetes, tend to have low magnesium levels.
Try a Tasty Bone Broth:
Chicken soup is good for the soul – and for reducing inflammation. The nutrients in bone broth help your body’s gut to maintain a balanced bacterial environment, which can help to provide a defense against autoimmune diseases and stop your immune system from working too hard. You can get bone broth protein powders that are easy to make for a healthy, filling meal; consider including bone broth in your diet to reap even more benefits like better skin and nails, improved weight loss, and detoxifying your body – all of which help to reduce inflammation and ease the symptoms of chronic illness.
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy desserts – but fruit-based ones are much better for you than anything laden with chocolate, as we all know. And, fruity desserts aren’t just good for weight loss; red and purple fruits like blackberries or red grapes can also help to reduce inflammation in the body thanks to the anthocyanins they contain. Anthocyanin is the compound that gives some fruits deep red and purple colors, and they contain 18% power levels of C-reactive protein, which actively reduces inflammatory activity. You can get a daily dose – roughly 40mg per day – from a ⅓ cup of blackberries or 18 red grapes. If you prefer veggies, have one cup of shredded red cabbage instead.
When it comes to reducing inflammation, the food that you eat has a direct result. Many chronic illnesses can lead to the body working overtime, which in turn, has the opposite effect and makes symptoms worse. Try adding more of the above foods to your diet to reduce the effects.
This list is just a rough guide, and nothing in this review should be taken as medical advice. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol.
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