The best anti-inflammatory foods

Mar 17, 2017
Inflammation affects more than just your stomach.

Our bodies are built to fight inflammation naturally, targeting anything our system recognises as foreign, such as microbe, plant pollen, or chemicals. However, due to our modern diet and lifestyle, inflammation often persists causing a range of health issues that can turn into chronic conditions, including; cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation often occurs in the gut, causing other low-key health issues such as bloating, diarrhoea and an inability to lose weight.

While many turn to medication to address these issues, experts say the best way to tackle inflammation is through your diet. Certain foods contain anti-inflammatory properties, which help heal the digestive tract and reduce stress on the body.

Here are five natural ingredients that will have your liver loving you again:

Ginger

Ginger is bursting with anti-inflammatory properties, and has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Studies have shown ginger may help to reduce inflammation within the intestines, relieving some gastrointestinal issues. Ginger is also packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which is why it’s a popular ingredient in detoxes. It’s thought to stimulate digestion and circulation. On a side note, ginger may aid in weight loss due to its satiating properties. Ginger is delicious in stir-fries, juices, and tea.

Cruciferous vegetables

Broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts and bok choy all belong to the wonderful family of cruciferous vegetables. These mean greens are rich in antioxidants and are even touted as the most nutrient-dense foods on earth! Veggies such as cabbage, watercress, and cauliflower are rich in sulfur that contains glucosinolates and indole-3-carbinol compounds, which support detoxification.

Cinnamon

Not only is cinnamon delicious, it’s also full of medicinal properties. Cinnamon has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years as an effective anti-inflammatory. It’s also been found to lower blood glucose levels and cholesterol, reduce pain and inflammation, and aid weight loss. Cinnamon also has antibacterial properties that may help reduce symptoms of bloating, aid in digestion, and treat the symptoms of diarrhoea.

Liquorice

Liquorice is one of the most divisive flavours in the world – you either love it or loathe it! Extracted from the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra, liquorice is used in Ayurvedic medicine for rejuvenation and to soothe inflammation. Liquorice contains glycyrrhetinic acid, which protects the liver and helps neutralise the chemical reactions occurring in this vital organ.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an effective anti-inflammatory that also assists to flush out toxins from our bodies, and contains properties that are thought to help regenerate damaged liver cells. Turmeric is a great addition to Indian food and can also make a tasty tea!

Do you include these in your diet? Have you ever had inflammation?

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