If your food is your medicine, then these three ingredients pack quite the medicinal punch with their nutritionally dense, anti-inflammatory compounds. By incorporating the following foods into your diet on a regular basis, you will not only be doing your tastebuds a favor but also helping your body to systemically reduce pain, redness, swelling, heat and discomfort and increase your overall sense of well-being.
Berries, berries, berries
Not only are blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and many other kinds of berries beautiful and delicious, but berries contain cooling antioxidant compounds that help the body to tone down any inflammation that it is dealing with. One other perk of berries is that they have some of the lowest glycemic indexes of any fruits, so they won’t spike your blood sugar like other sweeter foods.
Chances are that you have heard of turmeric as one of the most incredible superfoods on earth. But did you know that turmeric is also one of the most powerful and reliable systemic plant-based anti-inflammatory foods that exists? It is no wonder that myriad cultures have been incorporating turmeric into their food for thousands of years. Best of all, this brightly colored golden root is easy to sneak into all kinds of soups, casseroles and other dishes. Try adding turmeric to eggs, rice or curry blends to complete your meal and make it medicinal as well as nourishing.
Avocados are one of the best sources of healthy fats that we can consume. Eating one avocado per day is not only a great source of nutritive vitamins, but avocados can also help reduce inflammation in the body through their cooling, nourishing constituents. Try eating avocados in smoothies, spread on toast, as guacamole, on a tortilla or simply with a spoon.
Making sure you get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables each day can help keep your body in balance and reduce any inflammation or pain you may be experiencing.