Many studies have been published in recent years showing evidence that chronic inflammation is correlated to many serious health ailments including cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and more.
When inflammation occurs on the surface of the body, it’s evident by redness and swelling; inflammation is actually one of the mechanisms that your body uses to heal itself. However, when inflammation continually persists serving no immediate purpose it can actually damage your body and cause illness.
What causes inflammation?
There are many causes for inflammation in the body; some of the most common include stress, exposure to toxins such as tobacco smoke or alcohol, lack of exercise and genetic predisposition. Dietary choices can also play a notable role in whether your body is chronically inflamed. Learning how foods affect your body in respect to inflammation and integrating this knowledge into your strategy for containing inflammation can help reduce your risk of inflammation-related diseases.
Here is a list of seven tasty foods that help decrease inflammation, which can be easily (and deliciously) integrated into your weight loss menus.
- Wild Alaskan Salmon: Wild salmon and other such oily fish are high in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
- Cruciferous vegetables: These naturally detoxifying vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and can help rid your body of harmful agents. Kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli are examples of these superfoods.
- Blueberries: These delectable treats not only reduce inflammation, but can also help protect you from diseases such as dementia and cancer.
- Ginger: This spicy root contains a host of health benefits; among them it helps to control blood sugar.
- Green tea: Packed with flavanoids, this calorie-free caffeinated beverage is high in Vitamin C and may even help reduce the risk of certain cancers.
- Tumeric: This potent spice contains curcumin, which is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and pain-relieving effects on the body.
- Sweet potatoes: These sweet complex carbs are high in beta-carotene, fiber, Vitamins B and C and magnesium.
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