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8 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Eat as Often as Possible

August 20th, 2015 8:21am

8 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Eat as Often as Possible

Have you ever thought that maybe the food you are eating is contributing to your achy body?  We know that food can drastically change how the body feels, but we don’t often know that it may affect the body’s inflammation.  Eating anti-inflammatory foods can significantly decrease the inflammation in the body that may be increasing pain symptoms and other health-related issues.  Although some inflammation in the body is necessary, too much can fire up these illnesses and cause uncomfortable pain.  Foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat can spur this inflammation. Although wanting to eat that cookie or bowl of popcorn may seem worth it at the moment, it can actually cause more harm than just a stomach ache.

Aside from saving yourself the stomach ache and inflammation, anti-inflammatory foods can actually help your body in other areas.  They are foods that can provide a great source of energy and can even help fight off other illnesses and cancers.  Before you get nervous that an anti-inflammatory diet may be too bland or difficult to maintain for your lifestyle, take a look at these 8 foods that may leave you feeling great and less achy.

  • Almonds (nuts in general)-Almonds, walnuts, and cashews are among some of the best nuts to eat when wanting to avoid inflammation.  What makes these so easy to eat is that they can be a snack, incorporated into a main dish, or sprinkled on dessert.  Try to get these in your diet, daily if possible.
  • Avocados-Avocados are often thought of as a healthy food, but rarely is it known to be anti-inflammatory.  This is a great surprise, as avocados can be eaten with just about anything!  They are high in healthy fats which is helpful in maintaining a healthy weight that can reduce inflammation.  
  • Blueberries-This delicious fruit is full of phytonutrients and antioxidants.  Along with raspberries and blackberries, these fruits can also provide tons of energy and cleansing.  They can be used in smoothies for weight loss and detoxing purposes.
  • Broccoli-  It is no secret that this is one of the healthiest foods around.  Ever since an early age, we are always told to eat our vegetables, especially broccoli.  Little did we know that it could help our adult bodies in a huge way.  This anti-inflammatory food can be eaten raw or cooked and is best when bought organic. It has even be thought to help in preventing cancers and it is a great source of fiber.  
  • Cinnamon-Many people have no idea that this yummy spice is anti-inflammatory and that a tiny sprinkling of it can make a huge difference.  Add some to your oatmeal or pour a dash on your fruit and enjoy the sweet taste and positive affect that it will have.
  • Oats- Eating oatmeal for breakfast is a great way start your day. Steel cut oats are recommended and topping with fruits or natural sweeteners keeps it healthy; just be sure to stay away from the pre-sweetened packets of oats.  This breakfast food is not only anti-inflammatory, but it can also give you a ton of energy to start your day while stabilizing your blood sugar.  
  • Oranges- We know that oranges offer sources of vitamin C, but surprisingly, they are also anti-inflammatory.  Although they are high in acid, this is a fruit that can be eaten daily and bought in nearly every grocery store no matter the season.  
  • Fish (especially Salmon)- Fish is very high in omega-3 which has been proven to be a great for anti-inflammation.  

These are just a few of the many foods that are anti-inflammatory and contribute to good overall health.  They are not difficult to find and can be bought for reasonable prices, making them easier to incorporate into your diet.  Try eating these foods and document the change in how you feel, you may be very surprised!

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