Inflammation is our body’s natural reaction to anything foreign: chemicals, pollen, bacteria, you name it. While this process helps us to naturally fight off illnesses and heal without the need of medicine, it isn’t always our friend. Studies show diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s have been linked to chronic inflammation of the body.
But there might be more to it than simply avoiding inflammation-causing foods, which in itself has been shown to make a big difference. The regular addition of certain inflammation-fighting foods to your diet may help your body further.
The beautiful color of beets not only makes them attractive to the eye, but beneficial to our health. The pigment in beets known as betalains contain anti-inflammatory properties. They’re also loaded with a number of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that provide a balanced boost to the immune system. So whether you prefer them raw, juiced, or in our Organic Superfoods Powder you’re on the right track!
Dark Leafy Greens
Spinach, kale, broccoli, and Swiss chard all contain that essential vitamin, good ol’ Vitamin E! They protect the body from inflammatory molecules while providing you with the added punch of iron and calcium. Our favorite recipe to help fight inflammation of course includes these powerhouse veggies with the sweetness of mangos and green apples. Sound like something you’re interested in? We’re happy to share the recipe.
Fish and Fatty Acids
Brain boosting, anti-inflammatory properties, healthy skin and hair–what can’t omega-3 fatty acids do?! Studies show that Americans who eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to be affected by inflammatory diseases such as Alzheimer’s and arthritis. The omega-3 fatty acids from wild caught salmon, mackerel, and tuna dampen the inflammatory mechanisms within the body and help to keep your body feeling fine.
Ah, nature’s magical root! Turmeric which is most often used in its ground form in curry and other Asian and Indian cooking, helps to turn off the compound in the body known as NF-kappa B. The compound plays a key role in triggering the process of inflammation. It provides a number of benefits to those who suffer from stomach pain, arthritis, and heartburn. It’s gained in popularity as people have begun adding turmeric to the tradition latte or soothe an upset stomach with Golden Milk. Don’t let the sound of these scare you off, the benefits and taste are remarkable. As the warmer weather hits though we’re happy to say we have an equally tasty, yet chilled treat to share with you. Have the kids help out with this one: Turmeric Superfoods Popsicles!
The healthy fats found in nuts such as almonds are shown to have inflammation-fighting properties. Combine that with the rich source of calcium and vitamin E and you’ll have an excuse to drink our Organic Almond Milk with everything! It’s a perfect addition to any smoothie, a low-cal substitute for dairy milk, and made with our sustainably grown almonds so each sip will have you smiling for all the right reasons.
Looking for more options to help fight inflammation? Check out Health.com for a more extensive list of inflammation fights foods.