5 Foods To Eat Daily To Get Rid Of Inflammation
Here are 5 foods to eat daily to get rid of inflammation fast and naturally. Inflammation is a very common health issue that affects everyone. It’s commonly caused when the body sends white blood cells to fight off viruses, infections, injury, and toxins.
However, in some cases, inflammation may linger in your body longer and become chronic. When that happens, chronic inflammation can lead to other health issues so it’s important to get rid of it. You can choose medicines or go the natural route by eating the right foods.
Note: This post is not meant as medical advice. I always recommend you get professional help before trying to self-treat.
Symptoms Of Inflammation
There are 5 main signs of inflammation in the body and they are redness, swelling, pain, fever (heat), and loss of function. That said, depending on the type of inflammation, you may experience other signs like fatigue, skin rash, and joint pain.
It is always important to rule out the root cause of your inflammation by getting a blood test done to measure your C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. This helps doctors decide how high your inflammation is and helps them understand what’s causing it.
5 Foods To Eat Daily To Get Rid Of Inflammation
Besides it being the body’s reactions to outside invaders, long-term inflammation can be caused by other factors such as autoimmune diseases, other health problems, or exposure to chemicals. By adding the following foods to your diet, you may be able to reduce inflamamtion significantly.
It might come as a bit of a surprise to you to see pineapple mentioned on a list of foods that help to reduce inflammation. As it turns out, pineapples are rich in the enzyme bromelain, which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.
Drinking pineapple juice can also trigger your body’s ability to fight pain and reduce swelling. It’s used as a treatment for inflammation and sports injuries.
When adding pineapples to your diet, avoid heating them because heat decreases some of their nutritional value. Always eat your pineapples raw to get their full benefits.
With that being said, there are side effects of eating pineapples daily worth taking into consideration which are listed below. However, eating no more than 1 cup (165g) of pineapples per day is usually safe for most people.
Bromelain in pineapples can cause side effects such as diarrhea, excess menstrual flow, nausea, skin rash, and vomiting. Pineapples can also cause allergic reactions such as swelling of the mouth and cheeks.
Flaxseeds are packed with nutrients that can help fight inflammation thanks to omega-3 fatty acids. Just two tablespoons of raw flaxseeds contain 133% of the daily value for omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that long-chain omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation really fast.
These seeds are also rich in lignans, which are found in their hulls. When they are digested, lignans will convert to plant estrogen which helps protect your body against heart disease as well as several different forms of cancer.
Eating 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseeds per day is usually safe because they are low on the GI scale. That said, some people may experience side effects such as frequent bowel movements, bloating, gas, stomachache, and nausea.
Similar to flaxseeds, wild salmon contains a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids and is known for being one of the leaner meats that are healthy for most people to eat. This fatty fish also contains a chain of other healthy fats such as DHA, and EPA, that help with inflamamtion.
It is recommended to eat wild salmon twice per week but as long as you properly cook your salmon, you can eat it daily. That said, eating different types of fish tends to be more nutritious in the long run.
Blueberries are one of the strongest anti-inflammatory foods out there. Not only do they help to stabilize blood pressure and promote cardiovascular health, but they are also rich in vitamins C and K. Since they are also loaded with antioxidants, blueberries have been studied as a way to help prevent and treat different types of cancer.
As anti-oxidants, blueberries fight off damage to cells caused by free radicals which has been linked to inflammation. If you are on blood thinners, make sure you limit your intake of blueberries because they contain vitamin K. That said, eating 1 cup (190g) of blueberries daily is usually safe.
To reduce any side effects such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or gas when eating blueberries, simply drink enough water and that should do it.
As an Ayurvedic herb used throughout India for several thousand years, turmeric is one of the oldest foods that has been medicinally used as a way to combat inflammation due to the fact that it contains curcumin.
In fact, many medical and functional doctors recommend adding turmeric to the diet in order to combat inflammation, stomach discomfort, and joint pain.
Turmeric is available in most grocery stores and can be easily mixed into food and drinks. Curcumin is also available as an herbal supplement that can be purchased over the counter.
Consuming 1/2 to 1.5 teaspoon of turmeric daily is usually safe for most people and won’t cause any side effects. that said, some people can experience mild side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.
Inflammation Causing Foods
According to John Hopkins Hospital, the following foods below should be eliminated from for diet if you suffer from inflamamtion or want to get rid of it.
- Red meat, such as steak and hamburgers.
- Processed meat, such as bologna, bacon, sausage, and lunchmeat.
- Commercial baked goods such as snack cakes, pies, cookies, and brownies.
- Bread and pasta made with white flour.
- Deep-fried items such as French fries, fried chicken, and donuts.
Also, changing your diet by eating healthy, drinking enough water daily, and taking regular walks can help reduce inflammation in your body.
Adding the foods above daily to your diet can really help reduce inflamamtion but you must eliminate foods that cause inflamamtion in order to see results. If you found this post helpful, don’t forget to share it with your friends, and also take a moment to follow me on Pinterest for more awesome tips.