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Inflammation has been linked with bodily issues from acne to allergies to autoimmune conditions. And because you really are what you eat, diet plays a role in fighting and preventing inflammation.
The typical American diet is full of foods that induce inflammation including fried fare, refined sugars and flours and synthetic sweeteners. If you're consuming these items frequently, it's not surprising that you're in pain. Plus, an inflammatory diet can promote weight gain, build belly fat and cause fatigue.
While some foods can make inflammation worse, plenty of foods can act as anti-inflammatories, soothing swollen joints, finger pain and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Here are some of the top foods that have been found to help fight inflammation. Add these inflammation-busting foods to your diet today.
OliveOil Researchers found that a oleocanthal, a chemical in extra-virgin olive oil, acts like ibuprofen, preventing the production of inflammatory enzymes. Drizzle some on veggies and salad. Or use it to flavor bread instead of butter.
Cherries Berries get their red (and blue) hues from chemicals called anthocyanins. They fight inflammation just like aspirin. In addition to cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are anti-inflammatories. The tart fruit will also help you sleep better; cherries are one of the only natural food sources of sleep-regulating melatonin.
Broccoli Broccoli contains glutathione, an antioxidant that may protect against arthritis and prevent inflammation. It's also found in asparagus, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes and cauliflower. Broccoli is high in vitamin K, which is found in many leafy green vegetables. It can help regulate your body's inflammatory responses.
Spinach Spinach is rich in carotenoids (which give green and orange produce their color) and vitamins C, E and K. All of that has been found to protect the body from pro-inflammatory cytokines. Other good for inflammation green leafy veggies are kale, chard and bok choy, which are full of carotenoids. Plus, iron-rich spinach is great if you need an energy boost. When you don't have enough iron, you have less oxygen flowing to the brain—and that can leave you tired. Add spinach to your morning smoothie, omelet or frittata. Eat a spinach salad at lunch to help prevent an afternoon energy slump.
Fish like salmon and trout contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are powerful anti-inflammatories. These fish are one of the best sources of this class of polyunsaturated fats. When you eat salmon, it can help your waistline, too: In one study, people on a low-calorie diet that incorporated three servings of salmon per week lost about 2.2 pounds more weight over a month than people on a low-calorie diet without fish. Experts say that wild-caught Pacific salmon is your best choice. Wild-caught means less mercury buildup and fewer antibiotics and hormones, and the fish get to swim freely. The wild variety will cost more than farmed, but it's worth the expense.
Pineapple Studies have found that this tropical fruit may reduce pain in people with osteoarthritis in the knees and rheumatoid arthritis and may lower swelling in those with carpal tunnel syndrome. The fruit is brimming with bromelain, an anti-inflammatory that's been shown to lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks, help digest protein and boost fertility. It also boasts vitamin C and manganese. Eat it fresh, grilled, broiled or frozen to reap its benefits. All parts of the pineapple have bromelain, but much of it's in the tough core. If you have a powerful blender or juicer, you can try eating (or drinking) the core.
Foods That Lower Inflammation in Your Body
By Stacey Feintuch
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SEASON OF CREATION 9/1- 10/4 WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION – 9/1
According to Patriarch Bartholomew, "We have been commanded to taste of the world’s fruits, not to waste them; we have been commissioned to care for the world, not to waste it.”
Our wastefulness is very visible in the tons of plastic products that wash up on shores world-wide. Plastic is even found in the stomachs of fish. To curb our wastefulness, think about not using the following plastic products: straws, cups, plates, cutlery, food storage bags, produce bags, shopping bags, plastic wrap, water bottles, and take-out food boxes.
What simple things can you do instead? Use glass/ceramic dishes, cups and storage containers take your own reusable containers and shopping bags to stores store food in glass containers refill your own reusable water bottle and take a refillable container to restaurants. “Waste not.”