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What is  inflammation?

Anti-inflammatory and inflammatory foods are very important in determining the condition of our health.

According to many studies, inflammation plays a large part in that determination, and inflammation is a common root of chronic disease. 

It's known that there are four classic symptoms of inflammation, they are:

  1. redness,
  2. heat,
  3. swelling and
  4. pain.

NOrmal and abnormal inflammation

There is normal and abnormal inflammation responses.

Normal inflammation is a response that brings visible evidence of the body's healing system going to work. 

It shows the arrival of nourishment and immune activity in an area that needs them.  Remember the four symptoms that appear? 

  1. redness,
  2. heat,
  3. swelling and
  4. pain.

However, it becomes abnormal when the inflammation doesn't end when the problem that triggered it resolves. 

Then it spreads to areas of the body that have not experienced injury or attack and become chronic. 

When the inflammation gets out of control it begins to attack normal tissues and won't quit. 

In being abnormal it promotes disease rather than healing.

anti-inflammatory foodsDisplay of delicious anti-inflammatory foods.

Reducing Inflammation

For better health, a good plan is to avoid all inflammatory foods for 3-4 weeks to detox and rest your body and greatly reduce inflammation.

There are many complex nutrients, vitamins and minerals in natural real and living foods that help prevent and heal inflammation in our bodies.

It is known and has been known all throughout history that certain foods, plants, herbs, spices, raw diary and unprocessed meat help maintain a healthy body.

Our bodies were not made to consume chemicals, and other products that are not real (fake), and then be expected to function properly. 

However, currently too many of our "foods" are processed to the point that literally all the nutrition has been stripped from it. 

Or, some are just made from ingredients that are not even a real food product, but are made to look and taste like real food.

Over processed, chemical-ized, fake food is a very common cause of inflammation. 

That is the reason they are called inflammatory foods.  They cause our bodies to react as if it is protecting us from illness and results in inflammation.

Which in all reality we do have many "lifestyle diseases" caused by the fake food and chemicals added to products we consume and put on.

So our bodies are doing what they are supposed to do to keep us from illness. 

Our bodies recognize that those substances are not natural or useful but are dangerous.

In addition, if the fake food can't be detoxed, it will be stored somewhere in our body, usually in our fat or many glands.

This is a process to protect your life supporting organs and body. 

However the substances are still affecting us as they sit in our bodies, causing inflammation and a host of other problems

You are welcome to copy and paste the Anti-inflammatory and Inflammatory lists below to use for your own reference.

Anti-Inflammatory foods:

Veggies: Squashes; tomatoes; carrots; olives; leafy greens of all kinds cabbage; asparagus; broccoli; cauliflower; cucumber; onions; bell peppers; eggplant; sweet potatoes; okra...all kinds of veggies, specifically deep colored ones.

Fruit: apples; all berries (especially blueberries); kiwis; cherries; red grapes; melons; lemons; oranges; pineapple; (tart cherries; pumpkin)- both help to reduce joint inflammation.

Meats: Salmon; tuna; non scavenger fish; chicken; turkey; sardines; mackerel; deer; beef-small amounts.

Extra protein: eggs; chia seeds

Dry Beans:  such as navy beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, and black beans, also an excellent source of plant protein, minerals, B-complex vitamins, and vitamin K.

Nuts and Seeds: walnuts; almonds; pecans; sunflower; pumpkin-pepitas

Probiotic Rich Foods: Plain Greek Yogurt- (add own natural fruit and sweetener-stevia or honey); Sauerkraut; Kefir natural organic - sweetened with stevia; (raw milk products after 3 weeks)

Herbs and Seasonings: Garlic; rosemary; tumeric; cinammon; ginger; fenugreek; basil; thyme; moringa; cacao; cayenne; sea, himalayin, or kosher salt;

Oils/Fats:  Olive; coconut; avocado; sesame; real/natural butter.

Sweeteners:   Stevia; raw honey; monk fruit; organic maple syrup; dates.

Beverages and Teas: Water (lots of it); Coconut water; coconut and almond milk; green tea; rooibos; dandelion; nettle; mint; ginger; turmeric; holy basil; rose hip; and chamomile teas.

Snack: energy balls; dark chocolate 70%; cacao choc., fruit, nuts and seeds

Add: Stretches for muscles, walking and exercises.

A natural Dr. we saw several years ago gave us this advice:   Always have your plate ¾ full of colorful veggies and fruit, as fresh as possible. Make the remainder of the plate a small serving of meat and a small serving of good carb food, during the 3 weeks.

Inflammatory Foods

Completely avoid inflammatory foods for 3 weeks, and as much as possible thereafter.

Sugars:  #1 Processed Sugar (all kinds); #2  Corn syrup liquid or solids;   As well as pancake syrup which is usually flavored corn syrup.

All Artificial Sweeteners:  aspartame, sucralose, glucose syrup (usually just corn syrup renamed),the list is long so best just to avoid anything that sounds like a chemical name, because it probably is.

Drinks:  Pop/Soda; and other high sugar drinks, especially with High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Dairy:  Pastuerized and processed milk products; cheese that is not raw & organic

Meats:  Excess red meat

Pork; shrimp; oysters; catfish

White Starches:   White Flour, White rice

Oils: vegetable, canola, cottonseed, corn, sunflower oils and hydrogenated oils including lard.

Processed foods of all kinds, especially boxed and packaged.

...anything that can sit on a shelf for months and not decompose should not be put in our bodies. Our body cannot process and digest it properly.

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