Joint swelling, ‘puffiness’ and inflammation can leave you feeling less than your best. Inflammation can be painful, uncomfortable, and is considered to be an underlying mechanism of many chronic illnesses like heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and many others. Here are five foods that can help you slash inflammation.
This golden powerhouse spice is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is one of the most common inflammation fighters common in ancient ayurvedic medicine. The more you are able to reduce inflammation, the more you can help reduce swelling. The benefits of circuiminoids, the molecular compounds in turmeric that provide the benefits can be potentiated when the spice is also used
Green tea is packed with inflammation fighting antioxidants and polyphenols. While drinking green tea can have a bit of a diuretic effect, the anti inflammatory benefits of polyphenols have been thought to reduce inflammation and has been linked in a number of studies with a decreased incidence of chronic illness like diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Wild caught, oily fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines are high inflammation fighting Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3s are known to be powerful inflammation fighters. If you aren’t a seafood fan, supplementing your diet with a quality Omega-3 source may be helpful too.
If bloating is a problem for you, consider Dandelion tea. This mild, roasted tea is a mild diuretic that can help you ditch extra water weight after having a salty meal or when you feel bloated. *Be sure to use with caution if you take any medications and ask your doctor about any potential drug interactions.*
Garlic is an ancient, powerful anti-inflammatory food to include in your diet. Allicin, a pungent sulfurous compound in garlic is key to its inflammation fighting benefits. Studies have linked garlic to key functions like improving immune system function and anti-viral properties as well. Adding fresh raw garlic to meals can provide some of these anti inflammatory benefits.
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