If you’ve ever had a splinter or sprained an ankle, you’ve experienced mild inflammation.
Inflammation is the body’s response to injury or invasion by bacteria and viruses. It’s what causes the skin around an injury to appear red and “angry,” and for the surround tissue to become swollen.
These are good things, because it means the body is rushing nutrient-rich blood to the area of injury, assisting in the healing process.
But inflammation can also be triggered by a failure of the immune system, which causes the body to perceive an injury or foreign “invader” when, in fact, there’s nothing wrong.
Chronic inflammation is associated with heart disease or stroke, lupus, arthritis, among other diseases.
Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can reduce inflammation, but drugs have side effects of their own. A better approach is to embrace what’s called a Mediterranean diet: more fish and less red meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, red wine in moderation, and moderate amounts of nuts.
In addition, you can add the spice turmeric to your recipes.