Unfortunately inflammation is everywhere.. it can be the reason we feel muscle sore, our joints ache, or the body is fighting a disease. Here are a few of my favorite anti-inflammatory foods. Nothing crazy and stuff you can find at the grocery store. :-). Over the next few weeks I will try to include recipes using these foods and other anti-inflammatory foods that you can incorporate into your “food is fuel” plan.
Cherries: Cherries are rich in antioxidants and are a natural anti-inflammatory shown to relieve joint and muscle pain. The anthocyanins in cherries reduce inflammation in joints and muscles. My 2 favorite ways to use cherries are in a smoothie or on top of a gluten free waffle.
Wild Alaskan Salmon: An excellent source of potent omega 3 fatty acids that decrease inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids have been proven to help prevent heart disease & cancer, and help in treating autoimmune diseases. Try to include oily fish into your diet two times a week. Sushi anyone? 🙂
Green Tea: The flavonoids in green tea are natural anti-inflammatory compounds that have been shown to reduce risks of heart disease, cancer, and help athletes minimize muscle damage and help in recovery post workouts.
Blueberries: An antioxidant powerhouse, berries are high in phyto-nutrients that are proven to protect against inflammation and it’s associated diseases.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – A staple in the Mediterranean diet, EVOO is rich in polyphenols which protect the heart and blood vessels from inflammation. Monounsaturated fat in olive oil is turned into anti-inflammatory agents by the body and therefore can decrease the inflammation response in the body.
Tumeric: Most commonly found in curry powder spice mixes this herb contains a powerful, non-toxic compound called curcumin. The effects of tumeric have been shown to be as effective as over the counter NSAID’s without the side effects.
So… start the morning with a smoothie with berries and cherries, eat some veggies at lunch sauteed lightly in olive oil (possibly with a touch of tumeric), and enjoy some salmon or sushi for dinner. In between sip on some hot green tea and you will be good to go!!! No, I promise to get a little more creative with recipes in the near future. Until then, it’s smoothies, sushi, green tea, and sauteed veggies 🙂