Doctors and nutritionists agree: inflammation is at the root of many disease processes in the body. By adding in the foods that fight inflammation, and getting rid of the inflammation-causing foods, you can restore health at a cellular level and begin to repair the body.
Here is a video showing an easy recipe for a quick anti-inflammatory morning drink:
And now, let’s take a look at the top 10 anti-inflammatory foods that you can start eating today:
- Green Leafy Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants that restore cellular health, as well as anti-inflammatory flavonoids. If you struggle to consume added portions of green leafy vegetables, try making green smoothies or juices instead.
The benefits of celery include both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities that help improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as prevent heart disease. Celery seeds help to lower inflammation and to fight bacterial infections. It’s an excellent source of potassium, as well as antioxidants and vitamins.
The substance in beets, the antioxidant betalain, gives them their rich deep color and is an excellent anti-inflammatory. They also are full of inflammation-fighting potassium and magnesium.
Broccoli is high in both potassium and magnesium, and loaded with anti-inflammatory substances, vitamins, flavonoids and carotenoids. These work together to lower oxidative stress and help fight off chronic inflammation.
One antioxidant, quercetin, is high on the list of anti-inflammatory compounds. It is found in citrus, olive oil and dark-colored berries like blueberries.
This sweet fruit contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme which fights inflammation. Bromelain has also been shown to stop blood platelets from sticking together or building up along the walls of blood vessels, and it can also sooth a sore throat caused by inflammation.
Pineapple is also loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B1, potassium and manganese, in addition to other special antioxidants and phytonutrients that work as well as many medicines do to reduce symptoms of very most common illnesses.
Salmon is considered one of the best omega-3 foods. Omega-3s are some of the most potent anti-inflammatory substances, which reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases and appear to be important for cognitive function. Just be sure that what you purchase is wild caught and not farm raised.
- Bone broth
Bone broths contain minerals that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others, along with chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine (which are commonly sold in expensive supplements to ease joint pain from arthritis).
- Coconut oil
The healthy fats in coconut oil together with the strong anti-inflammatory components of turmeric can create a powerful punch when it comes to controlling inflammation.
Coconut oil is a heat-stable oil, so it is great for sautéing anti-inflammatory vegetables.
Turmeric’s primary compound, curcumin, is its active anti-inflammatory component. The health benefits of turmeric are invaluable in an anti-inflammatory diet. It has been found to be a more powerful anti-inflammatory that some of the most popular brands on the market containing ibuprofen or aspirin.
Used fresh, dried, or in supplement form and extracts, ginger is another spice that helps reduce inflammation. Ginger has been used since ancient times to treat allergies and asthma, along with cleansing the lymphatic system and breaking down toxins in the body.
Inflammatory Foods to Avoid
When you being to add anti-inflammatory foods to your diet, you will hopefully also begin to naturally eliminate pro-inflammatory foods and substances.
One of the biggest culprits is the combination of saturated and trans fatty acids, which are found primarily in processed foods These fats cause inflammation and increase risk factors for obesity, diabetes and heart conditions.
Another problem causing combination are simple, refined sugars and. Limiting refined grains is an important factor in an anti-inflammatory diet. Whole grains should replace the refined carbohydrates, as truly whole grains are important sources of nutrition.
Another piece of the anti-inflammatory diet is movement. You must establish a regular routine of physical activity, which can prevent inflammation from building up or returning. Try your best to lead an active life fueled by fresh, whole anti-inflammatory foods and get rid of processed, toxic and you could be on the road to eliminating inflammation from your body.