Kerry Fleckenstein, Therapeutic Lifestyle Recovery Coach
9:03 am

Eat to fight inflammation!

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  • Omega-3 fats:  found in fatty fish like wild Alaskan salmon help fight inflammation throughout your body. It’s particularly important for brain health and metabolism.
  • Dark Leafy Greens: such as kale, spinach, Escarole, and Romaine lettuce contain powerful antioxidants and vitamin C which help protect against cellular damage. Try to opt for organic as much as possible to avoid toxins.  Feel free to juice, make smoothies, or blend into a drink for a delicious, easy way to get greens into your diet.
  • Blueberries:   rate very high in antioxidant capacity compared to other fruits and vegetables. They are also lower in sugar than many other fruits.  This is a great thing to add into those smoothies!!
  • Probiotics and fermented foods:  Your gut flora is important for a well-functioning immune system, and helps ward off chronic inflammation.  Most inflammatory diseases start in your gut, as the result of an imbalance in bacteria.  Fermented foods such as kefir, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, olives, and other fermented vegetables, will help load your gut with beneficial bacteria.
  • Fermented foods help to get rid of toxins as well.
  • Shiitake mushrooms:   contain strong compounds that help fight inflammation, which inhibits oxidative stress. Because of this they fight heart disease and cancer as well.
  • Garlic:  has been used as medicine for centuries. It’s also one of the most heavily researched plant foods around. Over 170 studies5 show it benefitting more than 150 different conditions. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and has antioxidant properties.  This stems from its Sulphur properties.
  • Spices that help in inflammation and can be used in food, tea, smoothies etc. are: Cloves, Ginger, Rosemary, and Tumeric.
My favorite?  Tumeric Tea.  Brew tea, add ginger, tumeric, honey, a little milk or almond milk, and Cardamon.  Yum!