Inflammation is the worst. In fact – it is likely at the root of almost all chronic medical medicals in some way or another!
Inflammation happens when our immune system becomes overactive and our body is flooded with defense cells that damage our hormones and tissues. Because of the damage, our bodies response is to swell and become inflamed.
Now – in our bread and starch heavy culture – most of us don’t even know what’s its like to live and move without being inflamed! The restricted joints and slow-firing neurons might be our norm.
But if we make just a few changes in our diets, it’s possible to reduce that inflammation and start to feel the body we were designed to have – one that’s fluid, mobile and sharp!
Check out the 15 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods to start adding to your diet today!
15. Bone Broth:
Bone broth is packed with minerals that your body can absorb easily. Nutrients like magnesium, phosphorus and calcium are vital for your survival. But bone broth also has a natural glucosamine – the compound that’s added to pricey supplements created to reduce your inflammation.
14. Bok Choy:
This Chinese cabbage has over 70 antioxidant phenolic substances! One specific of these substance, called hydroxycinnamic acids, are one of the ultimate fighters of free radicals.
You can down them with peanut butter on top or even in seed form. But celery has impressive health benefits. It’s known to lower inflammation, improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels AND fight bacterial infections!
Beets are loaded with nutrients that help repair the cell damage caused by inflammation. Their deep red color comes from a specific antioxidant, betalain, that is known for decreasing inflammation.
Okay it’s not a food, but this spice is magical. It’s primary compound, curcumin, is an active anti-inflammatory compound. It’s found to be a better anti-inflammatory than aspirin or ibuprofen.
Fresh, dried or in supplement form, ginger can help reduce inflammation. It’s an immune modulator so it helps keep immune responses from overacting and increasing inflammation.
9. Flax Seeds:
Packed with omega 3s and phytonutrients, flax seeds are good for anti-aging, hormone balance and cell health. They also have polyphenols that help the good bacteria in your gut grow strong and eliminate the candida in the body.
These nuts contain many compounds that other foods or nuts just don’t have! The combination of fat and omegas make it a perfect snack or salad topper and the phytonutrients help protect you against metabolic syndrome, cardio diseases and yep – inflammation.
Bromelain is a digestive enzyme found naturally in pineapples that helps regulate your immune function. It stops blood platelets from sticking together or building up along your vessel walls.
6. Coconut Oil:
The benefits of consuming coconut oil are endless! This medium-chain triglyceride fights free radicals and oxidative stress. And a stud done in India even found that I reduced inflammation and healed arthritis better than the leading medications.
5. Chia Seeds:
These babies are an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. These super nutrients are powerful because they have a naturally equal ratio of Omega 3s to 6s. They are also packed with tons of minerals and their Vitamin content has just about ever letter from the alphabet. Chia seeds can reverse inflammation and keep your arteries clog-free.
Packed with Omega 3s that reduce inflammation and help lower the risk of chronic diseases. It’s a highly concentrated brain food and can even help with your cognitive function. Many anti-inflammatory vitamins, like D and B12, even come packed with over 100% of your daily needs in just one serving.
Quercetin is a flavonoid that fights inflammation AND cancer. It’s found in citrus fruits and dark covered berries like blueberries!
The poster child for healthy eating! Broccoli is good for weight loss, fat loss, and reducing inflammation! It’s high in potassium and magnesium and it’s crazy high level of antioxidants make it a powerhouse!
1. Leafy Greens:
When it doubt, just pile on the leafy greens. With so many varieties – Swiss chard, mustard greens, spinach, kale – you can’t go wrong with these super foods. Each variety has different vitamins and minerals that combat inflammation, restore cell structure and function and enhance your overall health. Salads anyone??
I challenge you this week to pick 2 foods off this anti-inflammatory list and add them to your meal plan! Bonus points for picking something you don’t usually eat! Let us know how it goes!
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