Anti- inflammatory foods have been shown to reduce inflammation and with that chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis and diabetes. This is because they are naturally high in antioxidants and polyphenols which are considered to be the protective plant compounds. Inversely some foods contribute to inflammation. By following an overall healthy diet you will reap the benefits and will see improvements in your health and general well-being. When you are injured, maintaining hydration, lowering inflammatory foods and increasing your anti-inflammatory foods will aid in the recovery process.
Inflammatory foods to avoid:
Sodas or high sugary substances
An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:
Tomato, broccoli, celery, onion, garlic
Olive oil, coconut oil
Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach kale and collards
Nuts like almonds and walnuts
Seeds such as flaxseeds and chia
Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines
Fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries and pineapple.
Turmeric and ginger
Sample anti-inflammatory diet:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with blueberries, and walnuts
Lunch: Green salad with sliced almonds, strawberries, broccoli, and choice of protein.
Dinner: Grilled rosemary salmon on a bed of mixed brown rice with spinach.