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Your body is under attack

Sunday, September 30, 2012

........only you probably don't realize it!

You have no symptoms. You feel fine. Everything seems to be operating normally.

So what's the problem?

Inflammation. It's a normal process that is designed to help your body recover, which causes the occasional ache or pain. In small doses, this is fine. But if you're constantly putting your body under stress--whether from work, illness, or even exercise--your body flips into protection mode. The inflammation that's meant to protect you instead causes your body to fight against itself. The system breaks down, and you become more vulnerable to injury or even disease.

The process of healing your body can be improved with several small, simple changes. For example, many foods contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can alleviate pain and swelling, and help protect your body.

emoticon Cinnamon
Once considered more precious than gold, cinnamon is one of the world's oldest and most coveted spices. Research has shown that cinnamon not only reduces inflammation but also fights bacteria, assists with blood sugar control, and enhances brain function. Sprinkle cinnamon over yogurt, cereal, or oatmeal, or add it to a smoothie or a glass of low-fat milk.

emoticon Ginger
This flavorful root is available all year and used in everything from soda to stir-fries. Ginger contains several anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which may relieve joint pain, prevent free radical damage, protect against colorectal cancer, and increase immunity. Ginger is also a natural anti-emetic, often used to alleviate motion sickness and morning sickness. Steep a couple of slices of ginger in hot water for ginger tea or blend it with soy sauce to top a stir-fried dish.

emoticon Onions
Onions are packed with sulfur-containing containing compounds, which are responsible for their pungent odor and associated with improved health. These widely-used and versatile vegetables are believed to inhibit inflammation and linked to everything from cholesterol reduction to cancer prevention. Try using onions as a base for soups, sauces, and stir-fries. Other foods with the same benefits include garlic, leeks, and chives.

emoticon Tart Cherries
One of the richest known sources of antioxidants, tart cherries are an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. New research suggests that tart cherries offer pain relief from gout and arthritis, reduce exercise-induced joint and muscle pain, lower cholesterol, and improve inflammatory markers. Drink a glass of tart cherry juice in the morning with breakfast or combine dried tart cherries with nuts for a snack.

emoticon Walnuts
Walnuts are one of the healthiest nuts you can eat. They're loaded with anti-inflammatory, heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and provide more antioxidants than Brazil nuts, pistachios, pecans, peanuts, almonds, macadamias, cashews, and hazelnuts. Walnuts are also a great source of protein and fiber. Top yogurt or salad with a handful of walnuts or eat raw walnuts as a snack.

emoticon Turmeric
A mustard-yellow spice from Asia, turmeric is a spice often used in yellow curry. It gets its coloring from a compound called curcumin. The University of Maryland Medical Center found that curcumin can help to improve chronic pain by suppressing inflammatory chemicals in the body. Make a homemade curry with turmeric or mix it into other recipes once or twice a week.

emoticon Pineapple
This tropical yellow fruit contains the enzyme bromelain, which is helpful in treating muscle injuries like sprains and strains. According to a study in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Disease, this enzyme may also help to improve digestion along with aches and pains associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Add pineapple to a smoothie or salad to help improve your body's tweaks and twinges.

emoticon Flaxseed
Flaxseed is packed with omega-3 fatty acids which can help to reduce inflammation in the body. The Harvard School of Public Health reports that omega-3 found in flaxseed may help in blocking pro-inflammatory agents. Grind flaxseed to release the oils, and then add a spoonful of it to your salad, oatmeal, or yogurt. For more omega-3-rich foods with anti-inflammatory benefits, eat soybeans, extra-virgin olive oil, and fatty fish like salmon and tuna.

emoticon Carrots
Colorful orange carrots are rich in carotenoids, a group of phytochemicals known to help protect cells from free radicals and boost immunity. They also help regulate inflammation, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center. Add carrots to your salad or cook them as a side dish for any meal. Other carotenoid-rich foods include apricots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, and pumpkin.

emoticon Dark, leafy greens
Dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale are packed with flavonoids, a phytonutrient that boost heart health and may help ward off cancer. According to the Alzheimer's Association, flavonoid-rich foods may also reduce inflammation in the brain, possibly slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Eat a spinach salad a few days a week for a powerful punch of flavonoids. Other good sources are kale, soybeans, berries, tea, or even a glass of wine.

This great info is from the 'livestrong website' i can not take any credit. emoticon
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  • v LADYJ6942
    Great blog, thanks for the useful info.
    1366 days ago
    This is ever useful information! Thanks a BUNCH! emoticon
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    1366 days ago
    I've tried all of these with the exception of tumeric. Amazing all the food God provided here on this earth to help keep us healthy.
    1366 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Great information Tatty thank you hun emoticon
    1366 days ago
    Thanks for posting this! :)
    1366 days ago
    WOW! Thank you for sharing this information with us. I had heard of a few of these being good for us, and now have a fabulously useful list of yummy, healthy foods to put back on my shopping list. And all of your information about WHY they are good for you makes so much sense and reminds us why we should be eating all of these regularly.

    Thank you so much!
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  • v CAROL-
    Thanks for sharing!
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    1367 days ago
    I LOVE this blog! ....most of the info I was already aware and using daily...but there were a few emoticon ! How yummy is that?!

    Thank you for sharing! emoticon ~ Laura
    1367 days ago
    This is great info -- thanks for sharing! It's interesting to me too, because last year I ended up in the hospital due to a kidney stone which got stuck and caused a big infection. For several weeks afterwards, I think my body was still in the 'inflammatory mode' because even the littlest things like a small scratch from who knows -- my body seemed to have an exaggerated response to everything! Interesting. I'd heard about cinnamon before, but didn't realize all the other foods that help too.
    1367 days ago
    Thanks even though I know this... my body is under attack and I do know it chronic pain and inflammation in my knees, and my R knee stays swollen all the time. Going to copy this and stick on the fridge so I can remind myself more often.
    Thanks cos I need it, and today being the 3rd day in row of rain and 2 more to come my body is really letting me know.

    1367 days ago
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