SQUASH Inflammation! Watch What Happens when you Eat These Foods!

Inflammation – a little is a good thing; too much and it can ruin everything!  Acute inflammation, your body’s natural response to things like cuts or pathogens entering the body, protects your body.  On the other hand chronic inflammation can damage your cells and arterials walls and can cause High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Arthritis, and digestive disorders.

We can help our bodies create balance by eating a diet rich in foods that fight inflammation.  Take a look at our list of foods; you should definitely aim to include some of these in your daily diet; this may be the inspiration you need for good food choices!

Some good anti-inflammatory food sources are:

1. Green Leafy Vegetables:
Kale, spinach, chard - rich in antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory flavonoids.  Try this Anti-Inflammatory recipe – it’s the perfect blend to help reduce inflammation.
Into a blender:  4 celery stalks, ½ cucumber, 1 cup pineapple, ½ green apple, 1 cup spinach, 1 lemon and 1 knob of ginger.  Blend and enjoy!

2. Bok Choy:
An excellent source of antioxidant vitamins and minerals.

3. Celery:
Antioxidant and anti—inflammatory abilities, improves blood pressure and cholesterol levels and prevents heart disease.  Seeds help to lower inflammation and fight bacterial infections.

4. Beets:
These are loaded with antioxidants, they fight to repair the cell damage caused by inflammation, and is, in itself, an excellent anti-inflammatory.

5. Broccoli:
Broccoli is high in potassium and magnesium, its antioxidants are potent anti-inflammatory substances.

6. Blueberries:
Contain antioxidants with strong anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Ginger:
This spice packs a punch.  Already well known for its nausea-calming powers, it’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory.

And what foods should we avoid?  Avoid processed foods and refined sugars, including any food that contains high-fructose corn syrup or is high in sodium; these contribute to inflammation in the body.

Cut out trans fats.  Steer clear of products that are ‘hydrogenated’ or ‘partially hydrogenated oils’.  These are in things like vegetable shortenings, some margerines, crackers and cookies, French fries, cake mixes and frosting.

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