Best Foods For Moms To Eat To Reduce Inflammation
When the body’s inflammatory response goes out of control, it becomes difficult for us to go about our day to day activities, especially when the care of toddlers is part of our daily schedule. The worst part is, some people don’t seem to understand the difficulty one has to go through when inflammation occurs. What exactly happens when inflammation strikes?
Inflammation is a typical immune response of the body when it becomes infected. It can be triggered by many different factors, among them are pollen, allergies, stress, chronic disease, and different kinds of infection from pathogens. Inflammation is the body’s response to fight off the infection in your body, but too much and too long of it can create discomfort and pain.
Fatigue, irritability, and inability to lose weight are just a few of the results of chronic inflammation. Other health symptoms can also aggravate it. When chronic inflammation goes on for years, it speeds up the body’s aging process and increase heart related conditions and causes wear and tear inside your cells and organs which lead to an increased number of free radicals.
The only solution is to prevent or eliminate the cause of the problem by treating the source of infection, staying away from allergens, preventing stress, and stimulants that cause an inflammatory response, not just to your own body, but to your children’s body as well.
Another way of preventing inflammation is through exercise and a healthy diet. Eating foods that naturally fight inflammation and tone down inflammatory response is also a huge help in staying well and healthy.
Here are some of the healthy foods that you can store in your fridge to feed to your whole family, and at the same time, treat your inflammation or lower the risk of getting some.
Monounsaturated fats are a great help in fighting inflammation and one fruit that’s rich in healthy fat is avocado. Avocados are rich in fatty acids that help tone down the inflammation of the body. Unlike other fruit, avocados has very little omega-6, a fatty acid that is pro-inflammation.
They maintain a good blood pressure, promote low cholesterol and will balance your blood sugar. Putting some avocados in your salads, eating more guacamole, and plainly eating the fruit as a snack will help prevent inflammation. They make great popsicles too!
Most inflammation are due to other health issues that stemmed from poor immunity or poor digestion. Including oils that don’t oxidize right away is a great way of preventing inflammation. Most vegetable oils can be used because almost all of them are heat tolerant. However, coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, specifically lauric acid.
This fatty acid is easily digestible and utilized by your liver for energy. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties as well that can improve digestion and promote a healthy gut flora. Using coconut oil for cooking also deliver benefits to your children’s digestion.
Of course! We all know how healthy fish is for the entire family. When you have the sufficient dosage of omega-3 in your body, it stimulates the production of pain-relieving hormones in your body. By eating fish oils, you increase your tolerance in pain caused by inflammation. Aside from that, it also relieves the pain caused by fibromyalgia, arthritis and menstrual cramps.
Fish oils also promote a healthy heart health by reducing atherosclerosis and blood clots that can cause embolism. A good amount of selenium is also found in fish oils. It is excellent for fighting autoimmune diseases due to its ability to diminish the production of autoantibodies.
You can get healthy fish oils from mackerel, salmon, trout, sardines, anchovies, mullet, and herrings. If you wish to skip on eating these fish due to personal reasons, you can consider taking selenium supplements or fish oil pills.
Turmeric is a yellow spice with a mild flavor. It’s is responsible for the yellow tinge on curry-based dishes. Turmeric is usually sold fresh or in powder form. It can also be mixed in juices, soups and stews. This spice has a potent anti-inflammatory action and is a fantastic natural pain reliever. It’s also a good remedy for poor digestion and minor cuts. If you wish to not include that spice in your diet, taking turmeric curcumin capsules is an alternative.
A good quality cocoa is a great agent to fight inflammation. However, eating raw cocoa may not be as fun as you want it to be. You can get good, quality source of cocoa by eating at least 85% dark chocolates.
There are a lot of brands selling less sugar or sugar free dark chocolate. This indulging treat is rich in polyphenols that neutralize inflammation causing free-radicals. It also boosts HDL (good cholesterol) levels in the blood.
As a mom, we always look out for the well being of our family. The only way to do that is if we stay in the best health as possible ourselves. You don’t need to eat boring foods just because you are suffering from conditions like chronic inflammation. You can simply do a little research about the kind of food you and your family can eat together to help treat your inflammation.
- Katrina Rice
Katrina Rice is a mom and a freelance writer. She strongly believes in the concept of holistic wellness through healthy and natural living, travelling and immersing one's self in new activities. A self-proclaimed health enthusiast, she hopes to inspire more people to do the same.