Inflammation is a natural response by the body to injury – such as when you sprain an ankle, or scrape a knee – but it is not always a benign process. Many ailments, such as joint pain and auto-immune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s disease), involve inflammation, and by keeping the inflammation under control, it is often possible to lessen other symptoms of the disease or condition.
How Can Dietary Changes Lessen Inflammation?
Our bodies make inflammatory and anti-inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins from the nutrients in the food we eat. It’s important that these stay in balance – if someone eats too many pro-inflammatory foods, the body makes more inflammatory prostaglandins. Conversely, if someone eats a larger proportion of anti-inflammatory foods, such as those containing high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, the body produces anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, and inflammation in the body is reduced.
Many foods and food types have now been given an …