Throughout the day the body is constantly being bombarded with substances that can trigger inflammation. Inflammation is not all bad, like when the body responds to an injury with swelling and blood clots to form a scab or to heal a bone. But rather exposure to irritants like mold, pollen, chemicals, even foods that the body thinks is a threat to its’ health. Autoimmune diseases or allergic reactions are thought to be linked to this concept. By repeatedly facing toxins, infection possibility, or trauma, it is almost like constantly being hit by strong waves at the shore of the ocean; it is never allowed to heal properly because the body cannot get back up on its feet again. Sometimes immune cells start to perceive healthy tissue as unhealthy, here inflammation or in the former case, chronic inflammation is the result. Hives, digestive issues, fatigue, headache, weight gain, mood swings, joint and nerve pain all can be linked to inflammation.
What can we do to combat these ever looming potentials for disaster? Build a Wall! No, well, sort of; maybe one to improve health. By using food! Think about it, food is mandatory to survive, something we need every day and something that is the easiest way to have an immediate and long term effect on how we feel. It provides the fuel we need as well as the building blocks to create cells. We are what we eat after all!
Sometimes it is challenging to get everything we need to assist our anti inflammatory diet by food alone. This is where a supplement may be helpful. They come in many forms, can be added to foods like smoothies or simply taken in pill form. In this article, I will be discussing five common vitamins that have been shown to have anti inflammatory properties and may be helpful in creating a more calm and happy body.