Reduce Your Inflammation With These 5 Foods
Inflammation may not be noticeable at first. Those aches and pains that you are experiencing may be a sign of chronic inflammation.
I know this is where I was a few years ago. My knees became painful, my foot got so bad I could hardly walk, joints in a couple of my fingers would lock up, along with other random aches and pains were causing me much discomfort. I had no idea that I was suffering from inflammation.
In my mind, inflammation is red, sore to the touch and swollen. But that is not always the case – especially in my situation.
Do you suffer with aches and pains, fatigue, weight gain, skin rashes, have allergies, or been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease?
If you are saying “Yes” to any of these conditions, you are dealing with some form of inflammation.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand the source and the cause of inflammation. Whether it be acute or chronic, caused by environmental irritants or what we’re eating — many factors go into why we’re dealing with inflammation.
Chronic inflammation can indicate the body’s inability to respond to its irritant. Infections can jumpstart an inflammatory response, along with other sources of inflammation such as stress, unhealthy habits, and other underlying health issues.
The good news, though, is there are natural remedies for inflammation, and a lot of those are naturally available foods that are probably already in your kitchen.
You knew I would be guiding you toward food – right? I’m a firm believer that your gut is the control panel of your health and well-being.
Filling your kitchen with anti-inflammatory foods will help combat your inflammation on a regular basis. Some powerful anti-inflammatory fruits include blueberries, strawberries, cherries, oranges, and pineapple. Many of these contain bromelain and quercetin which are incredible for helping ease inflammation in the body.
Some other anti-inflammatory foods to keep around include…
Ginger. Adding ginger to your routine can be quite simple — add it to your meals, toss some in your juicer, or make some fresh ginger tea.
Green tea. Trade out that afternoon coffee for a green tea to enjoy the natural anti-inflammatory benefits it provides.
Beets. Beets can get a bad rap, but they are oh so good for you. Filled with the betalain pigment along with countless other beneficial nutrients, beets provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that your body will love. Toss some on your salad or in your smoothie and reap the benefits.
Tomatoes. The lycopene found in tomatoes helps provide the body with an anti-inflammatory benefit. Summer is a fantastic time to enjoy loads of tomatoes, so eat up!
Garlic. Garlic is so versatile and can be added to nearly everything. Take advantage of that and toss it in your home cooked meals to enjoy its anti-inflammatory benefits regularly.
Along with these important foods, sleep is another powerful element in reducing the risk of inflammation. If you’re in need of improving your sleep quality, take this as a sign to begin now. Sleep is such a crucial link in your overall well-being, not just with controlling inflammation. Making healthy lifestyle choices gives your body a better chance of curbing inflammation in the future, so start with baby steps.
Just by changing my eating habits and including these anti-inflammatory foods in my diet, all – and I mean “ALL” of my chronic aches and pains have been healed. This is why I am such a big promoter of eating healthy. I know first hand how foods rich in nutrients can bring healing to your body.
What can you do this week to make healthier habits a part of your daily routine? Remember, just taking one small healthy habit a week and adding it to your daily routine will allow you to reach your health goals. Let me know how you are using anti-inflammatory foods to bring healing to your body. You can share your story in our members group Healthy Living For Life Facebook group.
Find additional foods that will help fight inflammation in my FREE guide:
Foods That Fight Inflammation
** Disclaimer: I do not provide the services of a licensed dietician or nutritionist, information received should not be seen as medical or nursing advice and is not meant to take the place of seeing licensed health professionals.