Best anti-inflammatory foods

As mentioned in last week's blog, you have it within your power to reduce the amount of inflammation in your body by making lifestyle and dietary changes. For the most part, most people have control over what they eat and therefore it is imperative to make healthier choices that will protect the body against buildup of inflammation.


Based on many different studies, the below are among the best anti-inflammatory foods that should be a part of every healthy diet.


Avocados


Avocados have tremendous benefits such as reducing inflammation suppresses appetite, improving heart health and containing fiber and potassium. Avocados mixed with herbs and spices serves to create an unforgettable guacamole used for garnish or as a side dish. You can also enjoy avocado slices in a tossed salad or eaten with a spoon for snack or as a meal.

Berries (blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)

Berries are high in antioxidants that are associated with reduced risk of developing heart disease. They also promote healthy cell function and protect against inflammation.



Broccoli


Broccoli is high in antioxidants and a very good detoxifier that helps to protect the body against free radicals that can damage your body. Broccoli can remove toxins from the body including uric acid. Arthritis, gout, and boils are related to problems with toxins. You can purify your body when you eat broccoli.




Cherries


Cherries are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which could help combat oxidative stress, which is linked to multiple chronic diseases and premature aging. Cherries are also high in polyphenols, a large group of plant chemicals that help fight cellular damage, reduce inflammation, and promote overall health.







Dark chocolate


Dark chocolate is from the seed of the cacao tree and is packed with nutrients such as antioxidants that are beneficial to your health.





Extra virgin olive oil


Rich in antioxidants that help to fight against inflammation and protect your blood cholesterol from oxidation, therefore decreasing your risk of heart disease.







Fatty fish (anchovies, halibut, mackerel, salmon, tuna)


One of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to reduce inflammation. It also improves cognitive functions since the brain-cell membranes include omega-3 fatty acids that are vital for cell-to-cell communication in the brain. These fatty fish options are versatile and can be prepared in a variety of ways and eaten at any meal. They can be grilled, broiled, baked or fried and eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner and are awesome in a tossed salad or paired with roasted asparagus and sweet potatoes.


Mushrooms

Mushrooms are packed with antioxidants, they are low in calories and a good source of fiber and protein. They may also reduce the risk of developing serious inflammatory health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.









Tomatoes


Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant which fights free radicals that can damage your cells and adversely impact your immune system. Lycopene has many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Studies show that they may reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, lower your cholesterol levels, and prevent your blood from clotting.







In Good Health,

Deon


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DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. The purpose is to provide education and broader understanding to my readers. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. I do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.



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