You may have heard, or know, that anti-inflammatory foods are best, however, you may not know what they are, or what the opposite is, so we are going to break it down in simple terms. According to Harvard Health, chronic inflammation in the body, caused by consuming inflammation foods, such as fried foods (ex. fast food), sodas, refined carbs, lard and processed meats, can lead to life-threatening diseases and illnesses. Examples of these include diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease and depression. To fight inflammation, eat these sparingly and focus on eating a healthy diet. Check out our listing below of some of the best to get the scoop and learn.
Recipe description: Soy sauce, sesame oil, siracha, sesame seeds and more make this salmon one to remember. Serve with grilled asparagus and brown rice for a classy dinner.
Recipe description: Coconut milk, vanilla Greek yogurt, banana, honey and frozen berries make this refreshing drink. Ideal for breakfast, after a workout or as a dessert, it is cool and naturally sweet.
Vitamins, minerals and fiber are some of the many benefits of berries, including popular strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries. Anthocyanins, antioxidants, are naturally occurring in berries, so grab a handful the next time you are hungry!
Recipe description: This creamy soup is full of cheese and broccoli, to give this comfort classic a redeeming factor (wink, wink). Grab a bowl, relax and enjoy!
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale are cruciferous vegetables, which contain lots of antioxidants and are associated with a decreased risk of heart disease. Broccoli also contains antioxidants that reduce your levels of cytokines, which increase inflammation in the body.
Recipe description: Avocado, lime and pepper are all you need to make this classic dip. Serve over whole-grain bread or with baked corn chips. Chopped tomato and onions can also be added to add a bit more flavor and dimension, if you so choose.
Packed with fiber, monosaturated fats, potassium, magnesium and fiber, these contain heart-healthy fats and components that may reduce inflammation and cancer risk. Lower inflammatory markers are also noted in those who consume a healthy amount of avocado.
Recipe description: Panko breadcrumbs make this meatloaf gluten-free, and it is so rich and saucy that you might miss the mushrooms. But trust us, they are there, providing a subtle flavor and binding to a dinner must-have. Add on more natural ketchup for an even more soupy texture.
Mushrooms grown commercially, including shitake, truffle and Portobello, are low in calories, but rich in B vitamins, selenium and other antioxidant properties. They also may reduce inflammation due to obesity.
Recipe description: Rosemary, pepper flakes, basil, black pepper and a generous heaping of olive oil make a tantalizing dip that is a hit on bread or whole grain crackers. Serve at a gathering, or just enjoy all of the goodness yourself.
A cornerstone of the Mediterranean Diet, olive oil is one of the best fats you can eat for your health. Extra virgin olive oil reduces risk of breast cancer, heart disease and other health conditions. Keep in mind that extra virgin olive oil offers greater benefits than other olive oils on the market, so make sure that is what you are getting in the store or online.