There is a very strong chance that you already have an idea of what foods are either helping you or hurting you, but yet there still seems to be this draw to foods that may be contributing to your gas, bloating, pain and inflammation. So why do you still reach for the salty bag of chips or other inflammatory foods?
Often it has a lot to do with time, convenience and comfort, until the pain becomes so great that you make a decision that it isn't worth the pain, the fatigue and fluctuating bowel movements that have you feeling uncomfortable in your clothes.
You have made a decision to start to add in more of the good stuff, but aside from knowing veggies are good and chips are bad, you are feeling a little overwhelmed.
The good news is that adding in more of these anti-inflammatory foods and addressing the warning signs from your body (like gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or even IBS), your body will experience a boost in it's ability to fight against inflammation and pain. Let's take a look at what foods will pack an anti-inflammatory punch!
This root rich in a golden yellow pigment contains curcumin, the main naturally-occurring active ingredient acting as an anti-inflammatory power house. Enjoy turmeric in my favourite Golden Milk recipe or in my 12 Spice Gut Healing Soup.
The anti-inflammatory power in ginger is due to the compound xanthines. Ginger will also help to boost your immune system and pairs well with turmeric in making a magical team for reducing your pain and inflammation.
Enjoying leafy greens such as kale, bok choy, spinach or collards bring you hard-working antioxidants, minerals and vitamins offering great anti-inflammatory powers.
If you are struggling with digestive issues, steam or roast your greens for easy digestion and minimal bloating.
Wild Caught Fish
Fish contain, particularily salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids which are important in reducing inflammation.
Sourcing wild caught fish is important to avoid higher levels of heavy metals and toxins.
Walnuts anti-inflammatory benefits come from their high levels of omega-3, polyphenol and antioxidant levels. Juglone, an antioxidant found in walnuts have also been shown to neutralize free radicals that are on the loose wreaking havoc on your body
Often the variety in colour of our foods can be an indicator of the rich nutrients that the food has to offer and in the case of berries this is absolutely the case. The rich, pigments found in blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries are from the anthocyanins found in these juicy treats. These anthocyanins have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers that will be sure to boost your body.
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