A roundup of the top plant-based foods that reduce inflammation all over the body and contribute to overall well being.
I’ve had my fair share of issues with inflammation over the years. Most notably when I fractured my kneecap at the end of 2014. That healed up, but then for months afterwards I was plagued with bone marrow edema (AKA severe inflammation) under the kneecap.
It wasn’t till I changed a few key things, in my diet, my exercise routine, and my supplement regiment, that I FINALLY HEALED.
I outlined all the details here. But I thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the ways that inflammation can affect the body and what you can do about it.
Specifically, inflammation occurs when the body makes more white blood cells to protect against bacteria, viruses, foreign invaders, or as a response to damaged tissue. Sounds like a good thing, right? Well unfortunately it comes with pain, swelling, and stiffness…to name a few symptoms.
Nowadays, people aren’t just experiencing inflammation at the times when their body would cause it naturally. In fact, there are myriad diseases thats root cause is inflammation. Some of these include: chronic pain, obesity, ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, cancer, and IBS. Inflammation is what makes the body MOST susceptible to disease and doctors are quick to turn to pharmaceutical drugs to treat it.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! Just with my experience, dietary changes and natural supplements can make a world of difference in the level of inflammation in your body.
Today I’ve rounded up the Top 10 Plant-Based Foods to include in your diet in order to reduce inflammation. I went with the plant-based options so that EVERYONE can benefit from this post no matter what your dietary choices or allergies are.
After reading this, you’ll be running to the store to pick up these inflammation fighting superfoods! 😉
Just like most nuts, walnuts are high in fiber, calcium, and vitamin E. What makes them special is that they also are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. These can help your body stave off and repair the damage caused by inflammation.
2. Green Leafy Vegetables
Dark leafy greens contain Vitamin E which is shown to protect the body from pro-inflammatory compounds. They also have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than most foods which act as disease fighting phytochemicals.
3. Whole Grains
Much healthier than their refined counterparts, whole grains contain more fiber. This extra fiber reduces the amount of a certain protein in the blood that acts as a marker of inflammation. They also contain less sugar overall which is better for your body’s inflammatory response.
In your body, garlic works like pain relieving medications by shutting off the pathways that lead to inflammation.
Rich in bromelain, pineapple helps regulate the immune response that often creates unnecessary inflammation in the body. It’s also high in vitamin C, vitamin B1, potassium and manganese which fight disease overall.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene which has been shown to reduce inflammation in the respiratory system. Did you know that cooked tomatoes actually contain even more lycopene than raw ones?
Just like walnuts, flax seeds contain healthy fats and tons of anti-oxidants! In only 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed you get more than 140% daily value omega-3 fatty acids and more plant-based cancer fighting chemicals than any other plant food on the planet.
Not only does ginger fight nausea, but it also lowers inflammation post-exercise and decreases the joint pain associated with inflammatory diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Turmeric works in the body by helping to turn a protein that regulates the immune system and triggers the process of inflammation. When taken as a supplement it reduces inflammation in the gastrointestinal system!
The isoflavones in soy reduce inflammation levels for women especially. They boost bone and heart health as well!
Have you experienced inflammation in your life?
Do you include any of these inflammation foods in your diet?
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