January 4th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
Inflammation is one of the body’s natural and generic responses to various forms of harmful stimuli. Although it is usually beneficial as a means of eliminating the source of the original problem and fostering healing, there are many times where a prolonged inflammation can cause chronic issues. This is especially true for seniors or those in home care, and this is especially true for those who are suffering from some illness that may lead to such. However, the good news is that there are a number of foods can be bought at the grocery store in order to help naturally regulate inflammation rather than having to take prescriptions or other medications.
Which Foods Contribute To Inflammation?
First of all, there are some foods that can contribute to inflammation, and so these should be only consumed in a limited manner, and they should especially be avoided by those who have found that they are prone to the condition or are involved in senior care or home care. The list is diverse, but in general, it includes these:
- Margarine (or lard and shortening)
- Red meat or processed meats – this can include food items such as steaks and burgers, sausage, or hot dogs
- Sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages
- Fried foods – french fries or other foods cooked in oil
- Refined Carbs – pastries, white breads, and others
The above list includes many groups of food that are already known to be bad because of the health conditions that they might lead to. The chronic inflammation that they may contribute to can also lead to illnesses such as heart disease or Type 2 diabetes.
Which Foods Fight Inflammation?
Just as some groups of food can cause inflammation, there are also groups that can help to combat the inflammation when it occurs. Some of them use their high antioxidant content as a means to mitigate inflammation, and then there are also the polyphenols that can be found in many plants and acts as a protective compound. The following foods are some of the best ones found in studies to help the body:
- Nuts – snacks like almonds and walnuts
- Fruits – Strawberries, cherries, oranges, blueberries
- Fatty Fish – Salmon, Tuna, Sardines
- Olive Oil
- Green Leaf Vegetables – Spinach, Kale, Collards
Those who are in senior care dealing with inflammation or are concerned about it should definitely stick to a more natural and healthy diet while ensuring to include some of the foods on the list above as a means of protection.