Some inflammation in the body is normal, as inflammation is your body’s immune system working to heal itself and fight against anything that can potentially threaten it, such as infections and injuries.
However, excessive inflammation in the body can cause significant pain, as well as gastrointestinal issues, mood fluctuations and other unpleasant side effects. Because inflammation is systemic, it can affect your organs and internal functions, so we always want to manage our levels of inflammation, and keep it under control. The foods we eat can actually impact our inflammatory response, so today I’m sharing four of my favorite foods which can help to reduce inflammation and keep your body feeling fit, healthy and fantastic, and improve your overall health and wellbeing!
Oily fish, such as salmon, is super high in omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that, when adequate amounts are consumed, this helps to reduce inflammation in the body, which could otherwise lead to chronic illnesses including cardiovascular and autoimmune conditions, mood disorders and even cancer.
Including fish in your diet regularly is fantastic for managing inflammation, and if you’re not a fan of fish you can also consider including a Fish Oil supplement in your daily routine, super Omega EPA.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice, and also a powerful antioxidant, helping to prevent free radicals forming in the body.
Studies have shown that Curcumin, the active compound in Turmeric, can help to reduce inflammation in the body, as well as helping to reduce pain, and inflammation from arthritis.
Its vibrant colour and flavor make this spice a joy to add into cooking. I especially enjoy adding it to curries or stir fries!
We all know how important greens are for a healthy, happy body! They are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants, which help reduce toxic load and free radicals. They also protect us from cellular damage and inflammation – especially the dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale and Swiss chard! Enjoy them raw in salads or smoothies, or cooked. Either way, they’re a fantastic way to get in your nutrients and prevent excessive inflammation!
4. Nuts and Seeds
And lastly, nuts and seeds! Both, like fish, are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, helping to manage and prevent inflammation. Some nuts are even rich sources of Magnesium and Vitamin E, which can also assist in keeping inflammation under control.
Almonds and walnuts are fantastic sources of these nutrients. Consider adding them to your diet to help manage inflammation levels. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc to keep your immune system powered up!
Not only are these four foods fantastic for inflammation, they’re also all absolute nutrient powerhouses! They make excellent additions to your daily diet – not to mention they’re all delicious!