A healthy lifestyle that includes proper eating and exercise allows us to maintain a consistently strong body and live a full life. By eating certain foods we are able to relieve the pains which are caused by infection. The following 13 wonderful foods fight infections thanks to their natural components, and you can casually integrate them into your diet to determine which ones best help you reduce inflammation.
Red and juicy tomatoes are not only tasty but they also help to fight infections thanks to their lycopene content. Lycopene is what gives tomatoes its color and it serves as an antioxidant that fights various inflammatory processes. Lycopene is especially helpful for respiratory infections, so you should increase your consumption of tomatoes during the winter when colds and the flu are more common.
Another way to increase your consumption of lycopene is to drink tomato juice which, in a study published in 2013 was found to fight systemic infections. Another option is to use tomato paste in cooking because its concentration of lycopene is particularly high.
Bell peppers are highly effective in the fight against bodily infections. Of the three common sweet peppers - red, green, and yellow – the red pepper contains the highest concentration of vitamin C that helps to fight the free radicals that cause inflammation.
Alongside this vitamin, sweet red peppers also contain other ingredients such as beta-carotene, quercetin and, luteolin which, after digestion, move through the blood and reach areas where there is inflammation, effectively neutralizing it.
Green vegetables such as spinach, kale, cabbage, and mesclun can help you fight infections effectively. These vegetables contain antioxidants and flavonoids that keep cell walls intact and prevent infections.
In order to reap the benefits of green leafy vegetables, we recommended adding them to various shakes, preventing oxidative stress, inflammation, and damage to the brain.
The rosemary herb has a wonderful taste and smell, but most of us rarely consume it. This unique herb has a combination of two components called carnosine and carnosol, which together produce a winning combination that fights the creation of cytokines - proteins that, when formed unnecessarily, cause inflammation.
Brown rice helps fight gastrointestinal infections due to its high fiber content. These fibers help cleanse the digestive system, thus preventing inflammatory reactions. To add to this, it stimulates the production of butyrate, a fatty acid that "extinguishes" genes that cause inflammatory reactions and diabetes.
One of the things that indicates the presence of antioxidants in vegetables and fruits is the color - like the intense purple color of beets. This root vegetable contains betalain, an antioxidant that gives it its unique color and its anti-inflammatory properties. Besides this antioxidant, beets have a high amount of magnesium and potassium, which also help the body fight inflammation, making this root vegetable a must have in various salads and dishes.
Frankincense is a unique herb that contains resin, gum, and oil that helps fight infections, especially arthritis. Frankincense can be purchased at health food stores and can be drunk as a solution or as a formula. Drinking frankincense allows your body to absorb its natural components which heal the body from the inside and fight severe arthritis as well as asthma symptoms.
Wolf‘s bane is another herb that can be purchased at health food stores and alleviates inflammation. For centuries, Wolf’s bane has been used to heal bruises, bone fractures and pain, as well as to hasten wound healing thanks to sesquiterpenes - anti-inflammatory and anesthetic compounds that simultaneously reduce the severity of inflammation, delay the formation of additional inflammatory processes, and numb pain.
Soybeans, also known as "edamame", are a great source of protein, and also serve as a powerful, highly effective anti-inflammatory food. In a study conducted at the University of Oklahoma in the United States, patients with bone loss and accompanying pain consumed 40 grams of soy protein per day and experienced a significant reduction in their pain.
This crisp vegetable, which pairs nicely with soups, stews, and salads, can be an excellent solution to infections in the body, and can also help reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure. The celery itself and its seeds, which are used for cooking, contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that reduce inflammation and its symptoms throughout the body. Additionally, they provide energy thanks to the vitamins and minerals they contain.
Apples help reduce gastrointestinal inflammation because they are rich in fiber and have active ingredients that help stomach-friendly bacteria thrive. In combination with yogurt, apples can relieve digestive tract pain and inflammation and restore the positive balance it needs to function properly and without inflammation.