Inflammation in the body is a common ailment that I talk about with clients on a daily basis.
It can cause a lot of discomfort and unease and symptoms can range from extreme to mild.
Causes of inflammation range from the western diet, stress, injuries and even lack of sleep. Chronic diseases such as arthritis and endometriosis are also a cause of inflammation.
Regardless of the cause, the symptoms of inflammation are similar and include pain, stiffness and sometimes heat and redness. Below I explain how some common foods that are higher in nutrients and antioxidants, help the body to rejuvenate quickly and dampen down the symptoms of inflammation.
Here are a list of some foods that may help ease inflammation in the body and you may just have them in the kitchen already!
Turmeric, also known as the “super-spice” is now widely recognised as having potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. It is traditionally used in cooking, particularly curries to add a vibrant yellow colour. Turmeric is added to immune-boosting juices and of course, delicious Turmeric lattes. There are a wide range of health conditions that may benefit from turmeric such as arthritis and irritable-bowel syndrome.
You need to try this golden milk turmeric latte blend... you won't be disappointed!
Ginger is widely used in cooking and cleansing juices. A potent antioxidant. It has well reported anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects helping to reduce pain. It is warming and comforting. Organic berries such as blueberries, raspberries, cherries and acai berries are a vibrant source of anti-inflammatory nutrients too. I love adding a sprinkle of açai berry powder to my porridge or coconut yogurt!
Leafy greens are a major source of nutrients such as iron and magnesium. They can easily be added to most dishes and if you are time-poor can be sourced via super green powders. Green tea contains EGCG an important flavanol that is a strong antioxidant which is being widely studied in the prevention and treatment of a number of diseases commonly driven by inflammation. There are many varieties of green tea such as beautiful Matcha and Sencha teas. Green tea is a wonderful addition to a healthy lifestyle and a great alternative to coffee.
Intrigued to learn more? Go read my in depth post on the hidden benefits of matcha and why it's amazing for your skin!
Hemp contains omega 3 and 6 fats, magnesium, zinc and iron! Hemp oil is great in salad dressings and smoothies. Hemp seeds are delicious with breakfast or added to protein balls. Looking for a wonderful and sustaining vegan protein? Look no further than Hemp protein powder. It tastes delicious!