What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet and how can it benefit YOU?
Did you know that inflammation in your body can cause or contribute to many illnesses such as arthritis, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and cancer? Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can help to protect against certain diseases. It has also been proven to slow down the aging process because it increases our metabolism and stabilizes blood sugar. So for long-term health, lowering your overall inflammation is important. In addition to these health benefits, many that follow an anti-inflammation diet also report weight loss!
You might be wondering what are the symptoms of inflammation in your body? Some symptoms are headaches and feeling like you are in a fog, joint pain, rashes, constant fatigue, bloating, weight gain, digestive issues, mood swings, allergies, autoimmune disorders, and gum disease. If you have any of these issues, it might be because of inflammation. If this is the case, what should you be eating to combat these issues?
Well, first off, let’s talk about the things you shouldn’t be eating. These include: sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, refined carbohydrates, gluten, dairy, casein, aspartame, MSG, and alcohol. These are all known to contribute to inflammation.
One of the things to eat that reduce inflammation is fiber, found in fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. Also, herbs and spices such as turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, rosemary, sage, thyme, and ginger are known to decrease inflammation. Alliums and crucifers such as garlic, scallions, onions, and leeks are good because they contain powerful antioxidants. And Omega-3 fatty acids found in flax seeds, walnuts, and beans all help to lower the risk of inflammation.
Green tea and foods that are high in Vitamin D are known to help reduce inflammation and protect your cartilage. And for those of you who love spicy foods, chili peppers are another natural ingredient that not only adds a ton of flavor to a meal, it can also help with your inflammation, too!
By following a healthy diet full of these foods, you’ll not only lose weight, but you’ll also reduce your inflammation and eat meals that are full of flavor and fun!
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