(Natural News) The body’s natural means of fighting infection and responding to harmful organisms and damaged tissue is inflammation, but this very natural response to temporary issues should be short-lived, lasting just a few days or a few weeks.
But if inflammation persists for a longer period of time, or indefinitely, you could be someone who suffers from chronic inflammation, and that is neither normal or healthy. If you’ve got persistent problems with swelling, redness, pain, fever, loss of appetite or a general malaise, try relieving your symptoms with these inflammation-fighting foods:
— Fatty fish: First things first – head over to the seafood counter at your local market for some fresh tuna, salmon and/or mackerel cuts, then bake or boil them to keep things healthy. Cod and sole have lean protein, but the other oiler fishes are better battlers of inflammation.
— Avocado: Besides being a great source of monounsaturated fats, avocadoes have inflammation-reducing powers. Five-to-seven helpings a day in salads or with other foods, or just by themselves, works wonders.
— Leafy greens: Dark, leafy greens like broccoli, collards, and kale can really ramp up your body’s inflammation-reduction abilities and you don’t even have to change your daily diet and kitchen routine that much.
— Walnuts: In addition to other tree-borne nuts, walnuts have a plethora of health benefit. As well as having anti-inflammatory properties, they are also great antioxidants.
— Olive oil: This beneficial oil helps reduce inflammation, helps with weight loss, and lowers cholesterol, but get the extra virgin variety for maximum benefit. Studies show extra virgin oil works the best.
— Ginger: This spice not only helps fight inflammation but it also works by suppressing the formation of inflammatory compounds in the first place.
— Beets: Bright and earthy, beets provide heart and cancer protection as well as vitamin C in addition to their power to reduce swelling.