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Fight Inflammation with Food

Do you ever feel swollen after eating a meal?  Is your wedding ring tight on your finger after a night of indulging?  We are surrounded by foods that cause inflammation!  Fried foods, sugar, and simply too much food can all cause increased inflammation.  Thankfully, there are some foods that help reduce inflammation…

  1. Ginger root brings a lot of flavor and a lot of healthy qualities to the table.  Often found in Asian cuisine or in tea form, ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties.  It is also known for relieving nausea and soothing digestion along with reducing pain levels.
  2. Fish that is wild-caught contains high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids which are naturally anti-inflammatory.  As long as it’s not fried, fish can be an easy addition to your healthy menu.  However, not all fish are created equal.  The highest levels of omega-3’s can be found in herring, salmon, mackerel, and tuna.
  3. Pineapple is a delicious, sweet way to reduce inflammation.  Pineapple has a unique component called bromelain.  Bromelain is anti-inflammatory and is especially helpful when recovering from injury or surgery.  It can be particularly helpful for the nose and sinuses.  Be mindful that pineapple is high in natural sugar, so don’t over do it!
  4. Spinach and other leafy greens are powerhouses at fighting inflammation.  They contain high levels of anti-oxidants which support the body having a healthy response to stress.  Want a sneaky way to fit spinach in your daily routine… add it to your smoothie or shake!  It blends well and the flavor takes on the other combined ingredients.  Ask our front desk about our different Standard Process shake blends to liven up your shakes!

By adding these four foods into your weekly meal planning, you too can help fight inflammation and its negative impact on health!