ANTI INFLAMMATORY FOODS YOU SHOULD EAT
Inflammation is your immune system’s reaction to irritation, injury, or infection.
It’s a normal response (and actually a good thing), and it’s a natural part of
healing. Following an anti-inflammatory diet is one way to counter some of the
chronic inflammation that comes from leading a not-so-healthy lifestyle.
Inflammation can be both good and bad.
On one hand, it helps your body defend itself from infection and injury. On the
other hand, chronic inflammation can lead to weight gain and disease. Stress,
inflammatory foods, and low activity levels can make this risk even greater.
Here are some anti-inflammatory foods you should consume but in a limit to
avoid its negative impact.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, and they also
contain fiber, calcium, and folate. The fiber and folate in oranges may help keep
your heart healthy, and vitamin C is essential for immune system function, strong
connective tissue, and healthy blood vessels.
Walnuts are an excellent source of healthy fats, protein, vitamin E, minerals, and
phytochemicals called sterols. They also contain monounsaturated fatty acids and
omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your heart. Walnuts are also energy-dense,
so you may need to watch your portion size, but, even though they are high in
calories, eating a handful of walnuts can help you feel full longer and actually help
you lose weight.
DARK CHOCOLATE AND COCOA
Dark chocolate is delicious, rich, and satisfying.
It’s also packed with antioxidants that reduce inflammation. These may reduce
your risk of disease and lead to healthier aging. Flavanols are responsible for
chocolate’s anti-inflammatory effects and keep the endothelial cells that line your
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins and minerals. Like most orange-colored
vegetables, they’re extremely high in vitamin A and beta-carotene, which is a
potent antioxidant. Sweet potatoes also are an excellent source of many vitamins
and minerals, including vitamins C and K, potassium, and B complex vitamins.