What is inflammation?
March 07th, 2017 by Vanessa Labelle
Inflammation occurs when a foreign element enters our tissues (bacteria, viruses, toxins, etc.) or when repairs are required; for example, after a shock or an accident. Its purpose is to protect the organism and is characterized by redness in the affected area, a sensation of heat (the Latin origine is inflammare which means fire), swelling, and general pain.
Another form of inflammation, known to be silent, is essentially a slow evolution of inflammation, without external symptoms and which is an important factor in the appearance of chronic degenerative illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases, Type II Diabetes, cancer and Alzheimers.
Obviously, along with sleep, physical activity and stress management, diet play an important role regarding the appearance of inflammation. Changing our dietary habits may significantly decrease the symptoms that are linked to processed foods, refined sugars and foods that are rich in saturated and trans fats.
Reducing inflammation through diet: what to add?
A spice that warms and improves blood flow, digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. Ginger is also anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce muscle and joint pain.
Several studies have shown that curcuma (more precisely, the yellow pigment called curcumine) has anti-inflammatory properties that are just as effective as a medication which counters the effects of inflammation (like Ibuprofen). Not only is it a powerful antioxidant, it helps digestion and reduces skin problems.
This antioxidant spice helps to fight free radicals, soothes rheumatism and has an anti-inflammatory effect. It helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, but also relieves congestion and helps with digestive issues.
Free radicals contribute to chronic inflammation; antioxidants can neutralize and therefore reduce the effects their negative effects. Choose foods rich in flavonoids, such as citrus fruit, spinach, blueberries and strawberries.
Omega-3s help to reduce inflammation because they interact with immune cells that are responsible for the outbreak of inflammation. They can be found in cold water fish, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, leafy green vegetables, olive or linseed oil, flaxseeds, Chia and hemp seeds, eggs and avocados. An unbalanced diet of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids will contribute to inflammation. (Omega-6: grapeseed oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, soybean and sunflower oils).
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon ground flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon of Land Art’s Herbaflex
- ½ teaspoon powdered curcuma
- ½ teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- 1 small piece of fresh ginger (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until the desired consistency is obtained. If the mixture is too thick, add a touch of almond milk.
Extra: add sesame seeds on top, they are recommended for rheumatisms, stiff joints and muscle spasms.