Saturday, July 20

5 Anti-inflammatory Foods To Add to Your Diet

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Lets face it; most of us have a love-hate relationship with carbohydrates. Mostly because  high-carb foods aren’t exactly our besties. High-carb foods like sugar, refined carbohydrates, saturated and trans fats and alcohol contribute to weight gain and inflammatory diseases such as heart disease arthritis and asthma. Inflammation is a part of the body’s immune response; without it, we can’t heal. But when it’s out of control it can damage the body. The good news is that even when following a low-carbohydrate diet, there a number of super foods that are not only recommended for weight loss but are also highly anti-inflammatory as well!

Celery:

This crunchy treat is a great source of Potassium, which helps to flush toxins from the body. What’s more, celery also has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that assist in improving high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Beetroot:

Beetroot contains high levels of Magnesium and Potassium. While beetroot might not be the most popular vegetable these days it’s a powerhouse when fighting inflammation in the body. Low levels of Magnesium are believed to contribute to inflammatory conditions in the body so try adding a few spoonfuls of beetroot to your weekly meals.

Broccoli:

Adding just one cup of broccoli into your daily diet can help fight inflammation in a big way. One cup of this super vegetable is packed with Vitamins A, B6, C, E and K as well as Manganese, Chromium and Folate, all thought to assist in fighting inflammation.

Fish rich in Omega 3:

Fish is an excellent source of Omega 3 and a high consumption of omega-3s has been shown to lower levels of two inflammatory proteins: C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6. The best sources of Omega 3 fish are salmon, tuna, sardines, herring and anchovies.

Nuts

While you might think of nuts as just a satisfying snack, they also contain substantial amounts of fibre and inflammation-fighting monounsaturated fat. Enjoy a handful of your favourite nuts like almonds or cashews as a snack and give your body a helping hand.

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