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!
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 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.
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.
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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