It’s one of the worst days of your life. You’ve just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis—a condition with lifelong consequences.
You feel a sense of dread as you realize the pain that you’ve been experiencing will only get worse.
Your family and friends try to console you but they can’t understand. This makes you feel lonely and depressed.
Thankfully your doctor prescribed you some medication. Though fast acting and effective, unfortunately, they come with minor side effects.
How Your Body’s Immune System Can Kill You.
The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are caused by a process known as inflammation.
Inflammation is a process that’s designed to protect us from infection and wounds. An example of this is when you get a slight external wound and your skin turns red.
Though meant to defend us if this process goes on for too long and the ailment isn’t cured a person can develop chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is when the white blood cells that make up the immune system attack the tissues of the body.
When chronic inflammation occurs a person can develop an autoimmune disease. ¹Some of the diseases associated with chronic inflammation are:
• Gouty Arthritis
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Heart Disease
• Alzheimer’s Disease
WARNING: You may be sabotaging your health.
The most common way of dealing with chronic inflammation is to prescribe medications like corticosteroids.
Corticosteroids work by weakening the immune system so that it doesn’t attack itself.
The downside to corticosteroids is that they come with side effects such as:
• Weakened immune system.
• Unwanted weight gain.
• Brittle bones.
Another type of medication that is prescribed is NSAIDS. NSAIDS tend to work quicker and generally have fewer side effects than corticosteroids.
But what if there was an all-natural weapon that could help fight chronic inflammation and other diseases?
What is this weapon not only came without side effects, but will tantalize your senses and satisfy your hunger?
Well, it’s your lucky day because there is such a thing.
The simple way to stave off Inflammation and other diseases.
If you want a deterrent to sickness then look no further than food. Food does more than satiate our hunger— it helps determine our state of health.
For instance, consuming things like white sugar and refined carbohydrates can cause the body to produce weaker cells. This leads to a weaker immune system making it easier to become ill.
However, consuming the right kinds of foods will help to create stronger, more powerful cells. Better cells equal a better immune system.
Though the foods listed are some of the best natural anti-inflammatory remedies around, they also taste delicious if prepared right.
It may be strange to start off with tomatoes since they are rumored to cause arthritis. Fortunately, there is very little evidence to back that claim.
On the other hand, tomatoes can actually treat inflammation. That’s because tomatoes contain lycopene which studies show has anti-inflammatory benefits.
Honey can heal many illnesses including chronic inflammation. It does this by reducing the effect of one of the causes of inflammation—nitric oxide.
In normal situations, nitric oxide is an anti-inflammatory. However, there are times when the body produces too much nitric oxide which can lead to chronic inflammation.
Though more research needs to be done, lab studies conducted on rats show that honey can inhibit excessive nitric oxide release.
3. Virgin Olive Oil
Virgin olive oil is a major part of the Mediterranean diet, which is known to promote good health and longevity.
The reason why olive oil is used so much is besides its taste, it is full of important vitamins.
Virgin olive oil contains the compound oleocanthal. Like the NSAID ibuprofen, Oleocanthal prevents the formation of enzymes COX-1 and COX-2 which fosters chronic inflammation.
Walnuts, one of the most favored of the nut family, is also a potent anti-inflammatory.
The reason for is that walnuts can lower the C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker for inflammation. CRP is also linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and arthritis.
The top part of broccoli, which is called the floret, contains the substance ethyl acetate. Research has shown that ethyl acetate can has a negative effect on chronic inflammation.
Other lab studies have shown that sulforaphane, a compound found in both broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, can also help ward off chronic inflammation.
The proven methods for attaining health and longevity.
It’s been a challenging adjustment but you’ve changed your diet. In addition, you also added some fitness routines to your lifestyle.
Whether it’s a gentle walk or a pleasant swim you can feel your body becoming a little stronger. Along with better health your mood has also improved.
You still have your bad days with the aches and pains which causes you to still take medication.
But your body has changed for the better. And with a new and improved immune system, not only can it combat inflammation—but it can combat other diseases as well.
The wonderful thing about food is that although it’s possibly the best natural anti-inflammatory medicine, its medicinal benefits can battle other diseases.
• Honey is full of antioxidants that can be used to help clear the skin of acne.
• Tomatoes can help protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration
• Broccoli has anti-cancerous benefits, strengthens the bones, and because it is high in fiber, can help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
• Olive oil cooking with olive oil can reduce your chances of heart disease and breast cancer.
Consuming the right types of foods, combined with engaging in moderate exercise, is a good form of preventive medicine.
You’ll reduce your chances of living a life tormented by sickness and increase your chances of living a life of health and longevity.