Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Inflammation is usually at the core of many health issues so incorporating anti-inflammatory foods, spices, drinks and lifestyle is important. Inflammation is a response of one’s immune system but when it gets out of control or becomes chronic then it can damage the body. Inflammation also is linked to diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis, auto-immune diseases, obesity and cardiovascular issues.

Your body creates inflammatory and anti-inflammatory chemicals from the nutrients you eat. These chemicals are called ‘prostaglandins’. ¬†Imbalances in your food regime can cause an excessive amount of prostaglandins. If you want to incorporate an anti-inflammatory regime lifestyle then here is a good head start. Reduce or avoid the foods that spur inflammation and add foods that curb inflammation.

Remove these inflammatory foods from your eating regime:

  • high in sugar
  • saturated fats
  • wheat and gluten
  • corn
  • dairy products
  • white flours in bread, cereal, rice, pasta
  • processed soy isolates
  • white potatoes
  • processed, packaged, prepared foods
  • conventional deli meats and meat products
  • fried foods
  • artificial sweeteners
  • iodized salt
  • food additives
  • artificial colors, dyes
  • alcohol

 

Add these anti-inflammatory foods:

  • fatty fish like salmon, sardines, quality fish-oil supplements
  • dark leafy vegetables
  • nuts like almonds, pistachios, cashews
  • whole brown rice
  • tomatoes
  • beets
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • garlic
  • onions
  • apples
  • olive oil
  • berries
  • tart cherries
  • chickpeas, lentils
  • water
  • healthy fats like avocado, flaxseeds, walnuts
  • shitake, maitake mushrooms
  • pasture raised eggs and chicken
  • basil
  • cinnamon
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • small quantity of dark chocolate

 

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