Anti-Inflammtory Foods

Autoimmune disease is often characterized by high levels of inflammation, which in turn causes pain. By using certain foods which have the ability to radically reduce inflammation, whether it be in our joints, muscles, or any other part of the body. Adding these foods to our daily diet, we can begin to manage our chronic pain and eventually eliminate it.

As you can see they have added health benefits that go well beyond nixing inflammation, so grub away, your body will thank you!

shutterstock_112976938Fruits & Veggies: most fruits and veggies are anti-inflammatory, but these are the real rock-stars when combating inflammation

Celery: is 95% water, very alkaline, and filled  with fiber. It’s a serious powerfood that should be eaten daily.

Green Leafy Vegetables: Kale, Chard, Spinach, Arugula, Romaine, Mustard Greens

Onions: good source of antioxidant flavonoid quercetin, which is found to have anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic functions.

Berries: full of anti-oxidants and nourishing nutrients, fresh or frozen and organic when possible

Broccoli: is an excellent source of immune-supportive vitamin C, anti-inflammatory vitamin K, and heart-healthy folate

Cabbage: also high in Vitamin K, which is essential for healthy skin and strong bones

Carrots: high in beta-carotene and fiber

Pumpkin: rich in beta-carotene also helps prevent kidney stones (btw, the seeds are loaded with protein!)

Asparagus: helps combat chronic fatigue, powerful anti-oxidant and detoxifies

Cucumbers: not only a great anti-inflammatory, but hydrating, alkalizing and detoxifying

Acerola Cherries: supplements are also an option if these are not available in your area

Brussel Sprouts: helps with detoxifying the liver, for those of you who think you don’t like brussel sprouts, check out this tasty recipe.

Sweet Potato: high in potassium which helps with muscle tension, also high is Vitamin C and A

shutterstock_131206826Oils to use: organic cold pressed is ideal when possible

Coconut Oil: has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties in addition to be anti-inflammatory

Grape Seed Oil: is highly recommended for those with arthritic conditions, it is highly effective at reducing pain and increasing mobility

Avocados: are the “perfect food” providing essential vitamins, minerals and healthy fats which all nix inflammation

Walnut Oil: Walnuts contain plentiful amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids that decrease pain and inflammation.

Olive Oil: Do not cook with Olive Oil, heat causes it to become toxic. However, used at room-temp, Olive Oil has many anti-inflammatory qualities.

Flaxseed Oil: Flax seeds are high in natural oils that convert into hormone-like substances in the body to reduce inflammatory substances.

shutterstock_75625291Herbs and Spices: fresh is best when you can swing it.

Cayenne: Ironically, cayenne pepper turns DOWN the heat on inflammation due to its powerful anti-inflammatory compound capsaicin.

Turmeric: Turmeric acts as an analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-allergic, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and astringent.

Ginger: has actually been proven to be superior to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Tylenol or Advil at alleviating   inflammation

Garlic: is a powerful anti-inflammatory as well as loaded with anti-oxidants, great for overall health.

Parsley: Parsley is rich with an antioxidant arsenal that includes luteolin, a flavonoid that searches out and eradicates free radicals in the body that cause oxidative stress in cells.

Basil: Basil has shown to reduce swelling in and inflammation in arthritis patients up to 73%, which is on par with drugs commonly used to treat arthritis.

Jalepeno: Capcasin in jalepenos is responsible for their powerful anti-inflammatory effect.

Fish: if you don’t eat fish, simply add a high quality Omega 3, 6, & 9 supplement to reap the anti-inflammatory benefits

Salmon: look for wild-caught Alaskan salmon, it’s loaded with Omega-3s, Vitamin D and B-12. Not only helps to knock out inflammation, but rebuild healthy cartilage for joint repair.

Keep in mind, all sources of Red Meat, Chicken, Cheese and Dairy are Pro-Inflammatory, steer clear of these whenever possible.

Processed and packaged foods also ramp up inflammation, by sticking to a whole foods diet with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and protein sources rich in Omega Fatty Acids, inflammation and the pain that comes with it, can be a thing of the past.

Here are 5 Ways to Alkalize Fast which will also help knock out stubborn imflammation.