Foods that Fight InflammationAugust 14, 2019
One of the keys to health? Proper nutrition!
Food can truly be our medicine. However, some foods, like sugar, fried foods, refined carbohydrates, and processed meats, can also cause inflammation. Inflammation can lead to disease, so it’s important for us to always be looking for ways to naturally reduce inflammation. In fact, according to Harvard Health, chronic inflammation has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s.
When it comes to finding healing foods, there are many different types of foods that are actually built to reduce inflammation. Let’s take a look at a few of these foods. Be sure to check out these 5 superfoods for seniors, too, which include avocados, walnuts, omega-3 rich fish, garlic, and blueberries.
We did mention this in our superfood blog, but it’s such a healing food, that it’s worth a double mention! Garlic has naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Add garlic to your cooking, roast cloves, or, if you can brave it, you can even have raw garlic on its own (but, that’s definitely not for everyone!).
Turmeric is an incredibly healing spice that’s often used in curries. Turmeric contains an anti-inflammatory nutrient, curcumin, which many people actually take as a supplement. Some sources state that curcumin is better absorbed with black pepper. Some even take curcumin as a supplement to help aid with arthritic pain.
Ever had the stomach flu or the common cold, and been told to have ginger? Well, there’s a reason for this! Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. We love a mix of hot water, ginger, cayenne, lemon, and honey during the cold season to ward off the common cold. Ginger can also be added to cooking (along with your garlic and turmeric!).
Cayenne and other hot chili peppers have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Cayenne can be spicy, but it is also known to increase circulation, which can help to reduce inflammation and even cure a headache. Try adding a dash of cayenne into your favorite dishes! Or, a cayenne, honey, lemon, and ginger hot drink is another great way to get all of your anti-inflammatory powerhouses into one cup. Take a look at this recipe from Hello Glow for an example!
Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, or collards have incredible health benefits. Not only are they packed with nutrients and antioxidants, but leafy greens also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Fruits and berries, almonds, walnuts and walnuts, olive oil, and fatty fish are all other examples of foods that fight inflammation!
As always, before making major changes to your diet (and certainly before taking any type of new supplement!), be sure to check with your medical practitioner. For more health tips, be sure to check out the wellness section of our True Blue blog. We also love these summer smoothie recipes, and many of them contain fantastic anti-inflammatory foods! Cheers to another summer of health!
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