Eat these superfoods to cut inflammation and reduce pain!
Superfoods for Reducing Inflammation
You have probably heard by now that inflammation is the basis for most health issues. It’s the fire in the body that is fueled by many things. This fire overtime can lead to many issues: diabetes, heart disease, digestive issues, joint pain/arthritis, and dementia (and more). What can fuel the fire? Food, stress, lifestyle, and genetics.
Foods that specifically lead to inflammation are high in sugar, processed, and full of chemicals. Sugar is one of the most added ingredients in products, along with gluten, that over this century has lead to what we now know as the diabetes epidemic. By cutting sugar, meaning less processed foods, less foods you have to open in a package, decreasing sodas, and switching to viewing food as medicine.
The famous phrase has never been more true, “you are what you eat.” So, let what you eat reflect what you want to be and what you want to become. Prevention is possible and the first step in prevention is cutting inflammation. This is just a basic list to start cultivating in your mind how to make simple changes or additions into your diet to cut inflammation. Get ready to see changes happen. Get ready to start feeling better, joint pains gone, digestion become regular, and finding mental clarity. Energy, wow what is that? Just by switching your views on food. It just makes sense, why not start now!
Here are some foods to start adding into your meals:
Olive oil is beneficial for many reasons. Researchers now know that this oil contains the antioxidants called polyphenols, which can help prevent age-related diseases.
Fish like wild caught salmon are a no-brainer. They are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which help regulate cholesterol levels and can improve heart health, which become increasingly important to take care of as we age.
Nuts like almonds are packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and other nutrients that help fight aging. Those who incorporate nuts into their diet are shown to potentially add years on to their lives. Nuts are a great way to also get more protein into your diet and keep you energized.
Quality dark chocolate not only tastes good but can also be great for your health. Cocoa is packed with flavonoids that are good for heart disease and promote healthy blood vessels. Add a little dark chocolate into your diet to help lower your risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia.
Blueberries are known for their high amount of antioxidant properties. These berries can help inflammation and age-related deficiencies such as memory loss and motor function.
Avocado is filled with omega-3s and vitamin E, which prove to have many health benefits. If you are fighting aging skin, avocado is your go-to food for rejuvenating your skin as well as stronger nails and hair.
Turmeric is an incredible herb that is often used in Chinese medicine for its anti-ageing benefits. A part of the ginger family, turmeric contains curcuminoids, which act as a powerful antioxidant to that can reduce inflammation and promote healing. This herb is perfect for Asian cooking and to add a little spice to dishes.
Ready to start or have questions on the next steps to cut inflammation? Give Dr. Heintze a call, (425) 686-4498 to get started on the road to health!
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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc
- Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
- Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
- Master’s Degree in Chemistry
Northern Arizona University
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