How it Works
Does eating certain foods and avoiding certain foods really have an effect on your body? There are several different types of anti-inflammatory foods. These include antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, polyphenols, and fiber.
Antioxidants serve the purpose of protecting the body from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms that cause cell damage, disease, and inflammation. One type of antioxidant is a carotenoid. Carotenoids are found in carrots, tomatoes, and green vegetables and they attack inflammation. Another type is anthocyanin. Anthocyanins are found in berries and they prevent inflammation from forming.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also a type of anti-inflammatory food. Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation in two ways. One, they stop inflammation from forming, and two, they reduce any existing inflammation in the body. You can find Omega-3 fatty acids in coldwater fish like sardines, salmon, and mackerel as well as nuts, plant oils, seeds, fortified foods like soy beverages, eggs, yogurt, and juices. You can also take dietary supplements if needed.
Another compound that contributes to an anti-inflammatory diet is polyphenols. Polyphenols are found in berries, herbs, spices, and dark chocolate and prevent inflammation.
Lastly, eating a good source of fiber can help lower inflammation. Fiber is in most fruits, vegetables, beans, and lentils.
The Link Between TMJ and Inflammation
TMJ is a result of a dysfunctional jaw joint. When the jaw joint isn’t functioning properly, the surrounding muscles become tight and strained while the joints become inflamed and damaged. Both problems can cause an immense amount of pain and inflammation. The inflammation can cause swelling, redness, heat, loss of function, and pain.
In some TMJ cases, the patient also has rheumatoid arthritis, which also increases inflammation.
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can therefore help reduce inflammation caused by TMJ. Although this can help make your condition more manageable, it is not a cure. Your anti-inflammatory diet should be accompanied by a viable TMJ treatment plan from your Lee’s Summit dentist.
Foods That Contribute to Inflammation
To start an anti-inflammatory diet, you will want to avoid foods that contribute to inflammation. For instance, these include: