Top 7 Inflammation Fighting Foods You Should Buy Today


About Author: Darla Lilleberg is Flex5's co-founder and an autoimmune spokesperson. She has done nearly a decade of study on autoimmune disorders stemming from her own diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2008. She is an ACSM certified personal trainer and AADP Certified Health Coach with an undying passion for helping women achieve their health and fitness related goals. (bio here

Nature has designed your body to take action whenever it encounters foreign foods or invading bacteria. Your body keeps you healthy and potential illness at bay through the inflammation process. However, inflammation can sometimes get out of control and start causing damage. Excessive and persistent inflammation can result in heart disease, joint pain, and diabetes. Rather than relying on synthetic products, there are many ways you can dampen your body’s autoimmune response with natural foods.  These are just a few of the foods that can help your body fight inflammation.


Ginger contains dozens of the most potent inflammation fighting substances known, phytonutrients called gingerols.  Ayruvedic medicine has praised ginger’s ability for being able to break down the accumulation of toxins in your organs.


Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protect our cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It's also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely to help prevent numerous chronic diseases.


Lipids in coconut oil are full of strong anti-inflammatory compounds. Some studies show that the high levels of antioxidants present in virgin coconut oil reduce inflammation and heal conditions like arthritis more effectively than some of the leading prescribed medications.


The healthiest fish for you are salmon, herring, sardine, and mackerel. Fish are the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Their DHA and EPA content give them anti-inflammatory properties. They can be greatly benefitting in keeping away inflammation that can cause some serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases, and kidney related problems.


Pineapple has been used for years as part of an anti-inflammatory protocol.  The bromelain(digestive enzyme) in it has been found to have immune modulating abilities.  It’s also known to be helpful in heart attack and stroke prevention as it can stop blood platelets from sticking together along the blood vessel walls. 


There isn’t a super food list that does not have avocados on it. Avocados are rich in fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Avocados also have tocopherols and carotenoids that are known for lowering the risks of cancer in people. They can also help reduce skin cell inflammation.


These vegetables are high in antioxidants and are able to restore health at a cellular level. Swiss chard, for example is extremely high in vitamins A, C and K and has the ability to protect your brain from oxidative stress caused by free radical damage.


You can prevent dietary problems by including inflammation-fighting foods in your daily meals. If you need a coach to help you get on track, you can join one of our signature nutrition programs in collaboration with Whole9. Whole9 is a highly reputable foundation dedicated to achieving good health for people while walking away from fad diets and gimmicky fixes. With a complete guide to inflammation fighting foods, portion sizes, delicious recipes and hundreds of tips, this program will bring permanent healthy changes in to your lifestyle.


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