“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Wise words from one of history’s wisest men. When Hippocrates uttered these words, we assume he was not talking about comfort eating. In fact, the Father of Western medicine was referring to the empowerment that comes when people take control of their own health, starting with what they eat. Now, a diet is not a cure all, but for some ailments, simply paying attention to what you are eating, and eliminating harmful foods, can help. In this article, we will discuss how to deal with inflammation with food. We will talk about foods that are inflammatory, and foods that fight inflammation.
What Is Inflammation
Inflammation is one of the country’s trending health topics. Inflammation is generally purported as being the underlying cause of many cancers, so it is a good idea to keep it in check. Inflammation refers to any increase in circulation such that pain, heat, redness and swelling are present in the affected area. Some types of commonly recognized inflammation include:
- “Goose eggs” when you bump your head
- Pain when you twist a knee
- Pain in the low back
- Painful urine
There are plenty of ways to deal with inflammation. Chiropractors in South Jordan are great for back pain. Ice and rest are good for injured knees. And anti-inflammatory drugs can help with acne, fevers and other general pain symptoms.
There are less commonly recognized inflammatory promoters in our everyday lives however. Simple everyday activities can cause inflammation like staring at computer screens, repeated physical movements like typing, texting, or lifting, and even just plain exercising! This is not to say any of these activities is inherently bad, however overdoing it can cause you physical harm. Other rarely recognized inflammatory agents are certain foods. Of course spicy-hot foods are inflammatory, but other acidic foods like tomatoes, coffee, red meat, and deep fried food can cause inflammation when eaten in too large quantities.
A great way to counter inflammatory foods is by simply eating cooler, or anti-inflammatory foods and spices. Try out the following foods when you are feeling over-exerted:
- Spices like turmeric, coriander, rosemary
- Cucumber (cool as a cucumber)
- Dark leafy greens
- White meat
- Garbanzo beans
These are just a few foods in the anti-inflammatory list. This is not to be interpreted to mean that, by eating these foods, you will cure back pain. However, by being mindful of how much extra heat you are putting into your body by eating the inflammatory foods, you can start to make adjustments and substitutions that may help bring you back towards homeostasis.