By default, the body's inflammatory response is not a bad thing. Inflammation is the body’s natural healing response to anything that disrupts its delicate equilibrium... But left untreated, inflammation can totally wreak havoc on your body from the inside out.
What makes inflammation spiral out of control?
From digestive problems like uncomfortable bloating and IBS, always feeling run down, to gaining weight extremely easily... you can blame excess inflammation.
Chronic inflammation results when the internal conditions of your body are thrown too far off balance. Key factors that sabotage the healthy homeostatic balance of your body include a nutrient-deficient and/or overly acidic diet, excessive alcohol consumption, and dehydration.
The best way to reduce inflammation and feel better fast is to fill your diet with an assortment of inflammation-fighting foods!
All fresh, raw foods will help fight inflammation, but some are more potent than others. Certain raw foods are especially rich in antioxidants, minerals, and essential fatty acids- exactly what your inflammatory system needs to function the way it’s supposed to.
5 Anti-Inflammatory Superfoods You Can Eat Every Day:
1. Leafy Greens
Leafy green vegetables meet the body’s nutrient needs better than any other food which is key to keeping the body’s inflammatory response at bay. Leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens provide powerful concentrations of antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lutein that restore healthy cellular function. Leafy greens are also highly alkalizing. When your body is alkaline, it is impossible for chronic inflammation and illness to thrive.
Turmeric is THE MOST effective anti-inflammatory food. With amazing medicinal properties and antioxidant effects, turmeric has a stronger efficacy when it comes to relieving painful symptoms of inflammation than common over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen and aspirin which actually make inflammation worse because of their synthetic ingredients.
Some other anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric:
- Fights acne and gives you glowing skin
- Improves digestion
- Prevents wrinkles
- Cures coughs & colds
Pairing turmeric with black pepper enables your body to more readily absorb curcumin into the bloodstream (it increases absorption by a whopping 2,000 percent!). Turmeric will also have a stronger effect in the body if you pair it with coconut oil as well as berries, dark leafy greens, and apples.
3. Nuts & Seeds
Raw nuts and seeds provide inflammation-fighting essential fatty acids that are necessary for healthy cell growth, nutrient absorption, and regular hormone production (all factors which help keep inflammation and illness at bay).
- Macadamia nuts
- Hemp seeds
- Flax seeds
- Chia seeds
Berries have exceptionally potent anti-inflammatory properties because of their antioxidant pigments that give them their vibrant red, blue, or purple color. Blueberries, in particular, are an especially rich source an antioxidant pigment that causes fat cells to self-destruct and stops new fat cells from forming!
5. Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea contains 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea! Unlike coffee, energizing matcha tea is a natural caffeine source that is highly alkalizing. Alkaline foods/beverages help to balance the body’s pH level. The less acidic your pH (you want to be neutral to slightly alkaline), the less inflammation is able to thrive in your body. Alkaline pH = clearer skin, more energy, and faster weight loss!