Wellness Journal

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Did you know that one of the major contributors to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s is chronic inflammation? Inflammation is our bodies response to harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens. Inflammation traditionally has been associated with pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function; however, what you may not know is that you may be highly inflamed without any of these signs or symptoms. Stress, lack of exercise, genetic predisposition, and exposure to toxins (like secondhand tobacco smoke) can all contribute to such chronic inflammation, but dietary choices play a big role as well.

So it only makes sense to increase exercise, remove toxins from our home and avoid foods that cause high levels of inflammation. Research also suggests that consuming foods that decrease inflammation can prevent disease and lead to long term health and wellness. Foods to avoid are foods high in trans fats, omega-6 oils, refined sugars and flours. Overeating and fast food have also been found to increase systemic inflammation. The majority of people that live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle notice the following:

  • More energy
  • Weight loss
  • Healthy skin
  • Decrease in muscle aches and pains
  • Diabetic control and resolution
  • Decrease symptoms: acne, headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis, allergies, hypertension and psoriasis

List of Anti-Inflammatory Foods:

Salmon & other Fish

Spinach

Kale

Broccoli

Collard Greens

Almonds

Macadamia Nuts

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apricots

Asparagus

Avocado

Basil

Bell Peppers

Black Beans

Blueberries

Bok Choy

Brussels Sprouts

Buckwheat

Cabbage

Cantaloupe

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celery

Chicken

Cinnamon

Cucumber

Curry Powder

Dark Chocolate

Eggs

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fennel

Flaxseed

Garlic

Ginger

Grapefruit

Green Tea (and other teas)

Hot Sauce

Kelp

Kiwi

Lemons & Limes

Lentils

Oats

Onions

Oranges

Papaya

Pineapple

Pumpkin

Quinoa

Red Wine

Shiitake Mushrooms

Spinach

Shrimp

Sweet Potatoes

Swiss Chard

Tomatoes

Turkey

Turmeric

Turnips

Zuchinni

Beets

Chicory

Cucumber

Green Beans

Okra

Onions

Leeks

Peas

Radishes

Romaine Lettuce

Scallions

Sprouts

Summer Squash

Apples

Blackberries

Cherries

Honeydew

Pears

Plums

Raspberries

Watermelon

Wild Rice

Red Rice

Brown Rice

Eggs

Split Peas

Lentils

Legumes

Coconut Water

Coconut Oil

Walnuts

Cashews

Brazil Nuts

Sunflower Seeds

Raw Organic Honey

Pure Maple Syrup

Raw Cocoa Powder

Fresh Herbs

Dried Herbs

Almond Butter

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