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The top 9 foods to reduce inflammation

We have all had inflammation in our bodies, from a bruise to a torn muscle, tendon or ligament. It is this same inflammation, but in a low constant form that we now know causes a myriad of degenerative diseases including dementia, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, osteoporosis and even cancer. To combat chronic inflammation we must nutriate our cells to an optimum level. At the same time we need to consume a variety of the very best foods to fight inflammation and the aging process. Here are the 10 best foods to accomplish this task for our bodies:

  1. Dark, leafy green vegetables

Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, swiss chard are rich in antioxidents. These vegetables also provide some of our daily requirements for  vitamins A, C, and K, which protect our bodies from oxidative stress caused by free-radical damage — the same process that speeds of aging and disease processes.

  1. Foods that increase your good bacteria ( ie. Try sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, kefir)

A very large portion (80% actually) of your immune system actually lives within your gut and is run by bacterial organisms

We should have 80% of good and 20% of bad bacteria in our gut but most people have the reverse. The probiotic foods plus taking a good pharmaceutical grade probiotic will help your body reverse this. Also , you will feel so much happier, as most of the serotonin your body makes lives in your gut.

  1. Organic Beef and chicken broth

When I was growing up, my mum, who was a very forward thinking nurse always had bone broth cooking as a base for soups and stews. We now know that bone broth, which results from cooking organic beef and chicken bones for at least 4 hours — comes packed with a number of enzymes and nutrients, including collagen, chondroitin and glucosamine which reduce joint inflammation .

  1. Walnuts

IAs a great source of healthy fats from the omega-3s and trace minerals, walnuts are known for being a “brain food” because they supply special phytonutrients that reduce inflammation in the brain. Read  my article on Walnuts.

  1. Coconut oil

Last month I wrote a whole article on this wonderful saturated fat – Coconut oil. Coconut oil has many  antioxidant/ anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.

Coconut oil contains specific essential fatty acids that can fight bad bacteria

In the digestive tract along with reducing inflammation.

  1. Purple Beets

I love beets, especially pickled ones but I have been excited to learn that beets contain a high number of anti-oxidents (especially  betalain) repair oxidative stress.

  1. Broccoli (and other vegetable for the Brassica family)

One of my mentor, Dr. Libby Weaver, says that one of the most healthy food we can eat are from the brassica family and in particular-Broccoli.  Broccoli and other vegetables from the Brassica family such as  cauliflower, green cabbage, and (thanksgiving is coming)-Brussels sprouts are packed with many antioxidants, to lower our rish of degenerative disease.

  1. Berries-Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries and more

Did you know that along with being high in anti-oxidents and gut promoting good bacteria, berries have also been shown to slow our minds decline and improve our memories. Add some berries to your morning smoothie and reap the benefits.

  1. Wild Salmon

Salmon has been getting a bad rap lately, due to the increase mercury in our oceans but wild salmon and other oily fish (including mackerel and sardines) are the best food sources of omega-3s. Taken in the form of a pharmaceutical grade gel tablet, removes the risk form mercury and naturally reduces inflammation in our bodies for heart disease, depression, arthritis and mental degeneration.

 

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