Top 5 Foods That Cause Inflammation

Do your joints sometimes feel achy after you have just had a meal? Or perhaps when you wake in the morning, you are aching all over — your back, knees, shoulder, neck and joints hurt so bad — that you seem to have lost mobility and can’t get out of bed? Could all this pain even be remotely related to something you ate earlier? Maybe you have heard about it: indeed it’s true that there are foods that cause inflammation. What may not be obvious is chronic inflammation in your body can lead to heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and other health problems, as recent research revealed. So, what foods cause inflammation? How can we avoid them? Are there safer alternatives? From the inflammatory foods list, let’s look at the top 5 foods that cause inflammation. Inflammatory Foods Studies have shown that the risk of heart disease and cancer are linked to lifestyle choices, including foods we eat. Our food choices affect the balance of pro and anti inflammatory compounds in the body — too much inflammatory foods tilts this balance the wrong way, increasing the probabilities of the onset of those diseases. To shift the balance in our favor, it is thus important to minimize or even avoid certain foods that tend to promote inflammation. Avoid These 5 Inflammatory Foods There are different ways to classify foods. Our update here on what inflammatory foods to avoid is sorted based on food classes we easily identify with. Sugar-laden Products Soda, chocolate, candy, dessert…the list goes on. You know what they are, and these foods can be hard...

Bromelain — Nature’s Anti-Inflammatory is One Best-Kept Secret

As we learned from the article “Proteolytic Enzymes as Anti-Inflammatory Agents and Pain Relievers“, our body produces proteolytic enzymes to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. But as we grow older, the levels of such enzymes drop so much that we can face increased difficulty in dealing with inflammation and pain. To help restore the body’s proteolytic enzymes to healthy levels, we can consider starting on systemic enzyme therapy. One good and practical method is to take supplements rich in proteolytic enzymes. For example, a suitable remedy is Living Well Nutraceuticals‘ Heal-n-Soothe, which is a natural anti-inflammatory supplement. Also known by the medical terms proteases or peptidases, proteolytic enzymes can be found in nature’s own produce: fruits. Two such sources are the pineapple and papaya. Let’s look at the humble pineapple in this article. Bromelain — Best-Kept Anti Inflammation Secret? Bromelain is the special natural compound extracted from pineapples. It is a mixture of several proteases which have been shown to be able to short-circuit multiple pain pathways in the body. Though Bromelain is present in all parts of the pineapple, the pineapple stem is probably the most readily available commercial source. According to wikipedia.org, the Venezuelan chemist, Vicente Marcano, first isolated bromelain from pineapple in 1891. However, it was only introduced in 1957 as a therapeutic supplement. Research into Bromelain is now widespread — it began in Hawaii but has now reached Europe, Asia and Latin America. Properties of Bromelain Studies into Bromelain have revealed many medical uses and benefits. Known properties of Bromelain include: Reducing inflammation (by effecting prostaglandin synthesis) Reducing and prevent swelling Removing waste and toxins...

How to Reduce Inflammation and Eliminate Pain — Naturally or Drugs?

Many of us experience pain and swelling, whether it’s from back pain, neck pain, muscle pain, joint pain, etc. And our normal solution to eliminate pain and reduce inflammation is to reach for the drugs prescribed by doctors — the likes of Aspirin, Tylenol, Naproxen, etc. We are so accustomed to this way; or should that be changed to “conditioned”? Also, it seems like as we age, pain either appears more often, or each painful episode lasts longer. Is there a reason for this? In fact, there is — and it’s a medical one. Before we get to that, let’s understand pain and inflammation a little better so that we know how to actually deal with them. How Are Pain and Inflammation Related? Most pain in your body is caused by inflammation: the body’s way of promoting healing by calling upon its own natural healing mechanisms. Inflammation brings about pain and the swelling that you feel, while behind the scenes your body works hard at healing (naturally, if it could). Read the article “Prostaglandins and Inflammation” to learn about inflammation in the body. Your body’s main defense mechanism against inflammation is through the production of proteolytic enzymes, which are actually pain fighters. These enzymes directly control inflammation, such that when the inflammation subsides, your pain also goes away. However, drugs like NSAIDs simply mask the pain and interfere with your body’s natural pain defenses. Reduction in Proteolytic Enzymes Due to Aging Now, the reason why you seem to feel more pain as you grow older is due to reduced levels of natural proteolytic enzymes that your body produces. A...

Prostaglandins and Inflammation — What Really Happens in the Body

Do you know what happens in your body when you get an injury? Why do you see redness and feel pain when you are hurt? This is inflammation at work as a response to the injury, and it progresses through the stages of redness, heat, swelling and pain. Behind the scenes, prostaglandins [learn more at wikipedia.org] are responsible for the action. These are lipids produced in the body to deal with your injury. But what is the connection between prostaglandins and inflammation? If you dig medical language, you may want to read the report “The role of prostaglandins in inflammation” published at PubMed Central. Incidentally, there are good prostaglandins and bad ones. First, let’s look at the bad prostaglandins… Bad Prostaglandins When an area of your body is hurt, the body actually tells you not to use that area by sending bad prostaglandins there to cause redness, pain and other inflammatory responses. This is actually the first protective mechanism of the healing process. Inflammation is a temporary condition that precedes the next phase when “healing forces” are sent in to repair damaged cells at the affected area. Thus, the healing process starts afterwards. Good Prostaglandins Good prostaglandins have anti-inflammatory properties, ie they reduce pain, swelling and redness. They follow up on the bad prostaglandins when the injured area is healing. Once the bad prostaglandins have done their work, the body creates fibrin (also known as scar tissue) to surround the injured area with a mesh-like coating — this forms the second protection. Meanwhile, repair mechanisms go to work. Under normal circumstances, this one-two protective mechanism lasts only a few...

Proteolytic Enzymes as Anti-Inflammatory Agents and Pain Relievers

If you suffer from any prolonged inflammation or body ache and pain, you may want to consider the use of systemic enzymes, such as taking supplements that contain proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes are known to effectively eliminate pain and swelling; more importantly, they are safe for the human body. What Are Systemic Enzymes? Regarded as one of nature’s most powerful natural remedies, systemic enzymes are good at reducing inflammation and eliminating pain; dissolving scar tissue or fibrosis; and fighting and killing viruses. The enzymes also help us maintain a healthy immune system and cleanse our blood. Thus, besides dealing with your inflammation from pain conditions like arthritis, back pain, sciatica, joint pain, colitis, etc, you actually get to improve your health too with systemic enzymes. Notes: 1. Before beginning with systemic enzyme therapy, it is always wise to consult your family doctor for advice. 2. While digestive enzymes work in the stomach to digest food, systemic enzymes must avoid contact with stomach acids so that they can get into the intestines to be absorbed by our body. As such, oral medication containing systemic enzymes have an enteric coating to survive passage through the stomach. What About Proteolytic Enzymes? As defined in The Free Dictionary, the term “proteolytic” relates to proteolysis, which is “the breaking down of proteins into simpler compounds, as in digestion.” Thus, protelytic enzymes digest protein, aiding the digestion of food and thereby the absorption of essential nutrients in what we eat. In our body, such enzymes are produced in the pancreas. Proteolytic enzymes were discovered by Dr. Max Wolf, a medical doctor at Columbia University, when...

Natural Anti Inflammatory Help for You

Hi there. Welcome to our website on Natural Anti Inflammatory Help. In this article, we present basic information on inflammation and our options when it comes to anti-inflammatory remedies. Future articles will look into specifics of various types of inflammation like arthritis, neck pain, swelling, etc, and the available natural anti inflammatory solutions. What is Inflammation? Just what is inflammation? A typical dictionary entry will read: “redness, swelling, tenderness and heat caused by injury or infection of living tissue…” (see Dictionary.com for an example). Indeed, this is what you’d see and feel when inflammation sets in. The medical definition, taken from wikipedia.org, explains that inflammation is our body’s protective attempt to remove harmful stimuli such as pathogens and initiate the healing process. Essentially, without inflammation, wounds and infections would not heal. Acute inflammation differentiates from chronic inflammation in that the former refers to the body’s initial response to harmful stimuli by working the vascular system, immune system and various cells within the injured tissue. Chronic inflammation is prolonged inflammation and is characterized by simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue. Inflammation can be caused by burns and frostbite; toxins and chemical irritants; infections and physical injury. A splinter lodged in the skin can trigger an inflammatory response. Even trauma and immune reactions due to hypersensitivity are known causes of inflammation. Beware of Dangerous Pain Medications It may surprise you that pain medication and adverse drug reactions rank number 4 as the leading cause of death in the USA, after coronary disease, cancer and stroke. Certain commonly prescribed pain killers are known to increase risk of death, as The Healthy...

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