Fighting Inflammation the Natural Way
Chronic low-grade inflammation is thought to be one of the leading causes of disease, premature ageing and illness.
You can help your body fight inflammation by reducing stress, eliminating sugar and processed foods, and getting enough sunshine.
Here are my top 10 recommendations for inflammation-fighting foods:
1. Fermented foods
All traditional cultures incorporate the process of fermentation into their life styles. This can be either in the form of cultured vegetables such as Sauerkraut or in liquid form, such as Kefir.
Broccoli has tons of Vitamin C and plenty of calcium. It also helps fight eye inflammation. Make sure you lightly steam your broccoli to digest it well.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains lauric acid which helps fight inflammatory processes.
4. Wild Alaskan Salmon
Wild-caught Salmon, a.k.a. Wild Alaskan Salmon of Sock-eye Salmon. The wild salmon is much redder in appearance due to high levels of the powerful antioxidant Astaxanthin. It also contains much more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids (in their natural form), than farm raised salmon.
5. Tart Cherries
Tart cherries can reduce inflammation ten times better than aspirin. They are great for eliminating gout or acid build-up in the body.
6. Soaked Walnuts
Soaked walnuts are a delicious anti-inflammatory snack because they contain vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids. Soaking walnuts and other nuts before you eat them helps to remove the enzyme inhibitor making them easier to digest.
Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic contain lots of quercetin, a potent antioxidant that can help your body fight inflammation. They also contain sulphur compounds that stimulate your immune system and aid detoxification.
Pineapple contains high levels of bromelain – an enzyme that helps to reduce inflammation.
Spinach has plenty of Carotenoids, one kind of inflammation-reducing antioxidant and also contains Vitamin E.
Turmeric is a spice used extensively in other cultures, and for good reason. It contains Curcumin, a substance that actively reduces inflammation.