Updated: Apr 25
If your Doctor has ever diagnosed you with anything that ends in “itis” inflammation is involved. Inflammation is the number one reason for a doctor visit. The obvious is that you are inflamed somewhere and whether you in pain or not, there is puffiness. Along with a doctors care, adding some anti-inflammatory foods to your diet cannot hurt.
The Helping Foods
Kelp – #Kelp contains a complex carbohydrate that is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Avocados – Avocados contain many different compounds that fight inflammation. This includes carotenoids, phytosterols, polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols, and omega-3 fatty acids that all work together in the anti-inflammatory process.
Wild Alaskan Salmon – Wild Alaskan #salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids which are heavy hitters in the fight against inflammation. Omega-3s are used to treat a wide range of inflammatory diseases, from heart disease to Alzheimer’s to autoimmune disorders. Other oily fish such as sardines, anchovies, and mackerel are also anti-inflammatory.
Turmeric– The curcumin in #turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been found to be just as good if not better than over the counter anti-inflammatory.
Olive Oil – Olive oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 that is a potent anti-inflammatory. Note that you shouldn’t cook with extra-virgin olive oil but should eat it cold, for example tossed into salad dressings or drizzled over food after it’s been cooked. For cooking, use regular olive oil or other oils that can be heated to high temperature like coconut oil. #oiliveoil
Ginger – #Ginger is not only a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, but it has also been shown to protect the stomach from the effects of NSAID pain relievers. Drinking ginger tea is a great way for people with arthritis. Many people with arthritis find that ginger tea is helpful for their arthritis symptoms.
Garlic – #Garlic reduces inflammation and pain in the body thanks to the sulfur compounds it contains. Want to add a caption to this image? Click the Settings icon.
Blueberries – A compound in blueberries called anthocyanin is responsible for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Papaya – Papaya contains enzymes called papain and chymopapain that have been found to reduce inflammation in the body. Papaya also contains a wealth of vitamins, including C and E, that work against inflammatory processes.
Introducing more of these foods will help you eat healthier and help your body heal. There are many causes of inflammation and by adding healthier foods, you have a better chance of a recovery.