As we age, inflammation in our body tends to get worse. The more injuries we have had in our lives - the worse our inflammation. If you have any type of illness or disease such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, or even depression, then chronic inflammation can be worse. Your Fitness Spot wants to help you keep chronic inflammation to a minimum. Doctors or health care providers may recommend exercises or medications to help with inflammation, but did you know that some foods can help reduce it too?
The top 10 foods to reduce inflammation are:
1- Fatty Fish: Fish that are high in Omega-3 Fatty acids, like salmon tend to be beneficial in reducing swelling. Other great sources include herring, mackerel and tuna and with lower levels but still good - sardines, trout, oysters and mussels.
2- Green Tea: The antioxidants in green tea seem to help with chronic inflammation in patients with arthritis.
3- Mediterranean Diet: Studies show that those who eat the Mediterranean diet, especially those suffering from chronic health issues that lead to chronic inflammation will notice a decrease in inflammation.
4- Olives and Olive Oil: Polyphenols in olives have been proven to lower blood levels of C-reactive protein which helps decrease inflammation in the body.
5- Berries: Antioxidants in berries, especially blueberries are a great food to add to cereals, yogurt, or eat alone as a snack to reduce inflammation.
6- Greens: Leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach are good vegetables to help reduce chronic inflammation. Try adding them to a breakfast smoothie, salad at lunch, or in a soup or side dish for dinner.
7- Ginger: Both raw ginger, like from a Japanese restaurant, and the spice ginger are proven to help reduce inflammation.
8- Chocolate: That’s right people, the perfect excuse to eat the yummy goodness of chocolate is to reduce inflammation. Just be sure it has at least 70% cocoa in it.
9- Tomatoes and Garlic: Do you like Italian food? Tomatoes and garlic alone can reduce chronic inflammation but together they pack a big punch and are guaranteed to help get rid of it.
10- Nuts: Nuts are full of protein and packed with nutrients that help rid the body of inflammation and boost your immune system. Walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds are three of the best choices on the nut market.
These ten superfoods should be just the ticket to help you reduce inflammation while eating a delicious meal or healthy snack.
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