Inflammation can be both positive and negative. On the plus side, if you have an infection or injury it can help protect you from it by activating your immune system. So when you’re attacked by a microbe, chemical, or pollen then your body will set your immune system to action, creating a process called inflammation which will then help the healing process.
However, sometimes it can persist even when we’re not injured or ill, which is when it becomes perilous to our health. Chronic inflammation can be caused by stress, a poor diet, or a sedentary lifestyle, and it’s been linked to several diseases, including cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or heart disease.
So, to tackle your inflammation, you should start with improving your diet, and trying to consume as many of the following anti-inflammatory foods in your daily life.
Berries are rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins as well as in antioxidants called anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory properties.
Not only is garlic good for weight-loss, but it also contains antioxidant, antiviral, and antibacterial properties as well as allicin, which is a sulfuric compound with anti-inflammatory properties.
You probably already use ginger to help with an upset stomach, stomach ache, and even the flu (if not, you really should), but ginger is also helpful to combat inflammation due to it suppressing your body’s production of cytokines, which are proteins that cause chronic inflammation.
4. Fatty Fish
Fish, such as tuna or salmon, contain omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA which not only help with brain and heart health (and your skin and hair) but also lower the chances of inflammation.
5. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens, like arugula, spinach, collard greens, and kale are rich in potassium, vitamins A, C, and K as well as anti-oxidants which significantly reduce the risk of inflammation.
6. Coconut Oil
The benefits of coconut oil seem to be never-ending, from health to beauty. So no wonder it also helps with inflammation, with its concentration of lauric acid which combats bacteria and viruses in your body. (See: How To Eat Coconut Oil Daily For Health Benefits)
7. Chia Seeds
They don’t look like much but don’t be fooled. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein which all help reduce inflammation, and not only, as their benefits also extend to our general health as well.
Nuts are healthy fats, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein which help protect your heart and brain health, as well as reduce the risk of not only inflammation but also breast cancer as well.
Being rich in vitamins and minerals, the benefits of beets are many, starting from protecting your body from outside stressors, their cancer-fighting properties, as well as their blood-flow regulation properties which help boost blood flow to the brain. And they also have anti-inflammatory properties.
10. Olive Oil
Olive oil is beneficial to your heart health, with a high concentration of healthy fatty-acids. It’s also rich in polyphenols, an anti-oxidant which helps reduce inflammation. Make this the go-to oil in your kitchen.