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How Can Foods Help Reduce Inflammation?

Updated: Jan 31


Acute inflammation is the result of the body's response to injuries, such as a sprained ankle. When we hurt ourselves with a sprain or a cut, the area becomes visibly swollen and hot, caused by acute inflammation.


Acute inflammation also occurs when you have an infection. When you become infected, inflammation occurs summoning immune cells to the site to deal with the invading infecting germs. So, acute inflammation is a beneficial immune response that is part of the body's healing process.


When Inflammation Become Painful


In contrast, ongoing low-grade and chronic inflammation is not ideal. You may not even be aware that you have low-grade inflammation. Chronic inflammation accompanying auto-immune diseases is much more apparent.


Ongoing low-grade inflammation and chronic inflammation can be very damaging to health and can lead to many serious diseases such as heart disease. Common chronic conditions—including Alzheimer's, cancer, arthritis, asthma, gout, psoriasis, anaemia, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and depression among them—are triggered by low-grade, long-term inflammation.


Auto-immune diseases, where the immune system attacks its own body cells, are on the rise. Chronic inflammation is both pervasive and insidious. A startling fact is that in most diseases, inflammation is present.


Keeping the Gut Ecosystem Healthy


Researchers believe that inflammation in the digestive tract may be the origin of a variety of inflammatory diseases. The gut microbiome consists of billions of bacteria that help us process food. A healthy gut is one with a wide diversity of bacteria and where the good bacteria outnumber the bad bacteria.


Inflammation in the gut can cause "leaky" gut. Undigested food and pathogens escape from the gut into the bloodstream, triggering an immune response. If untreated, chronic inflammation can set in, and an auto-immune disease may develop.


Antibiotics are the enemy to a healthy gut. They kill bad bacteria as well as good bacteria, hence upsetting the gut flora. Yeast overgrowth can occur, possibly leading to mouth thrush and vaginal candidiasis. Therefore antibiotics should be taken when only when necessary and we should overusing antibiotics.


What are Unhealthy Foods?


1. Sugar such as in candy, sweets and desserts, soft drinks

2. Highly processed vegetable oils such as canola, peanut, safflower, corn oil.

3. Processed meats such as luncheon meat, hot dogs, sausage, bacon

4. Refined carbohydrates, mainly from white flour such as biscuits, bread

and rolls, crackers

5. Trans fats found in cookies, pastries and biscuits


Heal your Gut with Anti-inflammatory Foods


Here is a list of foods that are not only great for your gut health but incidentally also top choices for a healthy brain, according to Dr Perlmutter, a renowned neurologist.

  • Berries, particularly blueberries (a key ingredient in natural immune health supplement, Santivia Immune)

  • fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel ( contains omega 3 fatty acids)

  • cruciferous vegetables (broccoli and leafy green vegetables)

  • avocados

  • allium vegetables -onions, garlic, chives, shallots

Other foods that fight inflammation are:

  • Green tea

  • turmeric

  • olive oil

  • tomatoes

  • nuts


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