Even though inflammation is a natural immune response to something harmful that enters the body, excess inflammation can hinder healthy joint and organ function. Not a lot of people know where inflammation comes from, but they know that they don’t like it and want it out of their bodies.
Good With The Bad:
The process of inflammation is to a) remove bacteria/pathogens and bodily tissues that were damaged by those foreign invaders and b) begin the body’s natural healing process. This is a simultaneous response. So what makes it bad? Well, inflammation does not always get resolved. What we mean by this is that inflammation can become chronic, ultimately destroying bodily tissues. That is not what the immune system is supposed to do.
High levels of inflammation have been linked to various cancers, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. In order to get rid of excess inflammation, there are a few things you can do. An easy way is to eat a plant-based diet with lots of anti-inflammatory foods. While there are a lot of anti-inflammatory foods, here are some of the best ones we know.
Turmeric is one of the best anti-inflammatory foods out there. The active anti-inflammatory ingredient is curcumin, and it is even more potent than Advil or ibuprofen. It’s great for people with arthritis because it helps with joint health!
Nettle is rich in iron and carotenoids, as well as incredible anti-inflammatory properties. You have to be careful when collecting it, though, because it definitely stings. One study, which monitored a group of people with arthritis, used those stings to naturally remedy arthritis. It helped to reduce arthritis pain, but it isn’t worth the skin irritation. We recommend drinking nettle tea to help purify the blood and reduce inflammation.
Ginger is an amazing plant that has a wide variety of medicinal properties. You can brew it into a tea to soothe a sore throat, or add ginger slices with lemon to water to help calm indigestion. One of the coolest things that ginger does is that it helps to inhibit inflammatory enzymes, which may make it beneficial for those with Alzheimer’s or cardiovascular disease.
#4: Rose Hip
Not a lot of people mention rose hip when it comes to anti-inflammatory foods. Rose hip has been shown to help relieve pain in those with arthritis by reducing C-reactive protein, which is related to inflammation. Rose hip contains a lot of vitamin C and galactolipid, which has an anti-aging effect on your skin. The best ways to use rose hip are to brew it into a tea, or use rose hip oil on your skin and hair.
Garlic is a real superfood, which has been used for over 5,000 years. It can be used to help get rid of worms, skin irritations, gas, bloating, joint pain, or ear infections. Garlic contains a lot of antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and detoxifying properties. You can massage garlic oil on your inflamed joint to help reduce inflammation, or you can add it to your daily meals.