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Anti Inflammatory Foods I Include in my Diet
A list of my favorite anti-inflammation foods.
As a person who suffers from a chronic inflammatory illness I have learned to incorporate into my lifestyle and diet a number of alternative therapies to help alleviate my symptoms.
This is a list of the top inflammation fighting foods that I include in my diet. Studies have shown that these foods aide in the reduction of inflammation from chronic illness such as arthritis.
These spices, herbs, and foods do reduce inflammation and they have a tremendous impact on my health. This is the list of what I believe are the 10 best anti-inflammatory foods to use in your diet plan.
Photos on this article are my own unless otherwise credited. Article copyright 10/13/2013. Updated 06/12/2014.
1) Broccoli: It is loaded with antioxidants.
I am very fortunate because I really do love broccoli. I boil or steam it and can eat it everyday without ever growing tired of this rich green vegetable.
For anyone suffering from a chronic illness a diet rich in antioxidants is extremely important. Spinach, broccoli, green tea, Swiss chard and other dark green vegetables are naturally antioxidant rich and are foods which should be included into your diet plan.
2) Antioxidant rich juice.
Rich in vitamin C and other important nutrients I start my day with a cup of vitamin rich fruit juice. My favorite is a blend of mango and passionfruit with a slice of lemon tossed in but if it isn't available then any other juice will do. Blueberry, grape, pomegranate, mango, lemon, passionfruit, pineapple, apple these fruits create a powerful anti-inflammation beverage.
Vitamin C and Manganese have both been shown to display excellent anti-inflammation results for those who consume foods rich in these nutrients. Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables are very important to include in an anti-inflammation diet plan.
3) Ginger: As a powdered spice and in crystalized form.
Ginger has a strong anti-inflammatory rating and is an excellent food to use in your fight against inflammation based illness such as arthritis.
Ginger is one of the food products that I use most often in my fight against inflammation largely because this spice so easily fits in with much of my cooking. The delightfully warm flavor of Ginger enhances virtually every meal that I cook. I add it to sauces, rice, eggs, stew, soup, meat dishes, and casseroles. I also snack on it in crystalized form.
The foods you eat can greatly influence how you feel.
Do you or someone you love suffer from arthritis?
Do you or someone you love suffer from arthritis?
4) Turmeric: A powdery yellow spice.
Turmeric is a spice that merits a rating of strongly anti-inflammatory. It has a somewhat dusty taste to it but is very well disguised when used in sauces, eggs, soups, stews, or spreads such as mustard and relish.
Used for centuries in Indian and Chinese medicines Turmeric is recommended as an alternative treatment for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease. It is generally very well tolerated by most individuals.
5) Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 rich protein.
When there is an imbalance of of omega-6 fatty acids and the omega-3 fatty acids in the body the cox-2 enzymes within our body can set off the process of inflammation leading to chronic illness.
By decreasing our intake of omega-6 fats (saturated and transfats such as those found in red meat) and increasing our intake of omega-3 fats (oily fish like salmon and tuna) we can reverse this imbalance and decrease symptoms of arthritis.
With my illness I find that I need to have a high protein diet but flare if it is the wrong protein. I try to consume healthier protein sources such as salmon, eggs, and whey powder protein.
#6 Strawberries act as a natural cox2 inhibitor.
7) Onions. A sulfur rich food that cleanses the body of impurities and is listed as a super anti-infammatory food.
Onions have a strongly anti-inflammatory rating and are an excellent food for those who suffer from chronic inflammation. Garlic is also rated as strongly anti-inflammatory and another food that should be included in your diet. Garlic is also rich in calcium.
Eat foods that reduce the pain and inflammation.
You can eat to live much healthier and especially so for those who suffer from chronic illness. I know. Life really does not have to be so painful. There are foods that people who live with chronic inflammation are more sensitive to. By eliminating these foods from your diet you can improve your health.
8) Eggs. A rich source of complete protein.
Acquiring an accurate amount of protein is very important for people who suffer from joint issues. Eggs are a complete protein that is easily converted into energy. It is a protein source that I use as a replacement for unhealthier red meat.
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9) Lemons: Sliced into my water but also used in sauces for cooking.
Lemons are listed as mildly anti-inflammatory but there always seems to be a tremendous improvement in my health when I include them in my diet plan. In recent studies it has been shown that lemons can help in cancer prevention and in the relief of those who suffer from inflammation based arthritis.
Studies find that a diet rich in vitamin C is highly beneficial for people who suffer from inflammatory based forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. Lemon's greatest claim to fame is in its rich vitamin C content which is why this yellow fruit is so very good for those who suffer from these illnesses.
10) Green Tea. It is the perfect way to end my day.
Green tea is another food that is a rich source of antioxidants. This means that green tea is ideal for fighting the damaging effects of inflammation. I enjoy a cup or two of this relaxing beverage every day and I hope that you will too.