Natural anti-inflammatory foods are key to your good health. Read below for the 7 best foods that fight inflammation.
Inflammation is an immune response to injury, toxins, infection, nutritional imbalance and allergies that causes pain, redness heat and swelling in the affected area. Acute, short term inflammation may be a warning but continual inflammation can become your enemy. Many major diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s have been linked to chronic inflammation.
Since more than 70 percent of our immune system cells are found in the digestive tract our immune response is hugely affected by the foods we eat. If you want to eat for long-term health, lowering inflammation is crucial. Therefore, I recommend eating a diet focused on anti-inflammatory principles.
Start by avoiding inflammatory foods. These unhealthy foods also contribute to weight gain, which itself is a risk factor for inflammation.
Foods That Trigger Inflammation:
- Refined sugar
- Fried Foods
- Red meat
- Processed and pre-packaged foods
- Stimulants such as caffeine and pop
- Nightshade Vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant)
- Grains containing gluten (barley, kamut, oat, rye, spelt, triticale and wheat)
Introduce the Mediterranean diet, eating this way not only helps protect against disease but it also slows the aging process by stabilizing blood sugar and increasing metabolism.
Foods That Fight Inflammation:
- Free range eggs
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Wide range of colorful fruit and vegetables
- Wild fish and lean meats (turkey, chicken, wild game)
- Fresh herbs and spices (turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, ginger and parsley)
- Gluten free whole grains (quinoa, millet, rice, teff, buckwheat, amaranth)
- Healthy fats and oils (coconut, avocado, olive, grapeseed, sesame seed, hemp seed, chia seed)
Drink plenty of clean, filtered water and follow a balanced, wholefoods based diet, this is beneficial not only for reducing risk of disease but also for improving overall quality of life.
Here’s a link to a delicious anti-inflammatory recipe for you to try!
By: Melanie Mathews CHN Holistic Nutritional Consultant