An inflammation can be a normal reaction of the body trying to fight off bacteria or even healing an infection – like something simple as a throat irritation or a swollen ankle after a sprain. But it is also a mechanism that helps our immune system to fight toxins, allergens, the excessive growth of harmful bacteria in the intestine, and even the same stress or the bad habit of consuming foods that do not suit our digestive system.
One way we must consider in order to lower our level of silent inflammations, the one that barely gives symptoms but that is affecting us; is taking care of our diet. Some ways are to eliminate or reduce the the consumption of sugar, refined carbohydrates, fats of poor quality and transgenic, excess of omega-6 fatty acids that come from processed vegetable oils, artificial sweeteners, gluten (especially the one found in wheat), dairy products, corn and all kinds of processed foods with additives and toxins.
We must at the same time increase consumption of natural foods, especially fresh vegetables (organic produce), consume grass-fed beef, seeds such as chia and hemp, walnuts, organic eggs, small fish such as anchovies and sardines, extra virgin olive oil (cold pressed) and even herbs and spices like turmeric or ginger.
Why turmeric or curcuma? The rhizome of turmeric contains antioxidant compounds that support the liver, biliary and even neurological function. Pepper, antioxidant, helps maintain the integrity of the body, promoting liver detoxification and the immune system. Broccoli, a source of sulforaphane, completes this formula.
On the other hand, we can not forget that each of us have 500 species of bacteria that control digestion, metabolism, and inflammation. A healthy bacterial flora develops if we consume fresh foods full of nutrients. On the contrary, if we eat junk food we will develop a harmful bacterial flora that will produce toxins and gases. This will also cause us to gain weight, be with a constant swelling and promote the onset of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Inflammation, in turn, damages your metabolism, affects your brain’s way of controlling appetite and creates insulin resistance and weight gain.
It is best to eat a diet high in fiber, low in starch and sugars. Foods that nourish us like pumpkin seeds (high in zinc) or vegetables such as arugula and kale, full of vitamin A, will help the intestinal lining to heal and prevent microbial toxins from trickling down your intestine, which trigger inflammatory diseases.
Finally, something essential to consider for our general health is the adequate supply of vitamins and minerals. These are essential components of our biological makeup that produce all the chemical reactions of our bodily functions, including metabolism and calorie burning. Each chemical reaction requires a catalyst (enzyme) and each catalyst has an assistant or cofactor (coenzyme). Vitamins and minerals are those helpers. To have optimal levels we must lower our silent inflammations, improve intestinal absorption and consider a quality food supplement that ensures the optimal contribution of these micronutrients.