Inflammation occurs when your body detects ‘foreign invaders’. The body creates inflammation in order to protect and defend itself from these foreign invaders. Inflammation is also caused each time you workout and cause muscle breakdown. This inflammation helps to rebuild and strengthen your muscles and other body parts, however, there are times when inflammation can get out of hand.
When this happens, your health is going down, tremendously. You become susceptible to a whole host of diseases and even cancers, therefore it is highly important to control inflammation. You don’t need to reach for the anti-inflammatory tablets either, they do more harm than good. Thankfully, nature has a cure. Start adding these foods into your daily diet and you will feel much better and probably even get rid of a bunch of aches and digestive issues.
Pineapples are a great anti-inflammatory food because they contain a ton of inflammation-fighting vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B & C, manganese and potassium. Apart from these, another thing that makes pineapples a great anti-inflammatory food is an enzyme called Bromelain. Bromelain is a potent anti-inflammatory as it helps to control the immune response which often causes unwanted inflammation within the body.
Yes, we’ve all heard of the incredible health benefits of Omega 3s but it’s not all just hype. Omega 3 rich foods such as salmon, chia seeds, fish oil, healthy oils, nuts, etc are an incredible tool in the fight against excessive inflammation. An imbalance between Omega 3s and Omega 6 fatty acids is one of the leading causes of inflammation, therefore it is important to consume plenty of Omega 3 rich foods.
Turmeric is one of the strongest anti-inflammatory foods out there because it contains an active anti-inflammatory compound called, Curcumin. Curcumin is known to be more potent than many prescription medicines and is commonly found in many natural anti-inflammatory supplements.
A close relative of turmeric, ginger, is another incredibly flavorful anti-inflammatory food. Most commonly found in Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines, ginger, has been known for centuries in herbal medicine to rid the body of inflammation-causing toxins.
Your mother always told you to eat your greens. There’s a reason behind it. Green vegetables are chock full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and anti-oxidants that directly help to fight inflammation, specifically that found in the gut. Aim for a wide variety of green vegetables and your body will be on the road to recovery. If you find it hard to consume enough vegetables, blend them or juice them and consume on a daily basis.
The best part is, you can combine all of the above ingredients into a drink or a smoothie and have daily. Now you have no excuse not to eat (or drink) your vegetables.