10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods We All Need In Our Diet

Anti-inflammatory foods may help many health conditions.  As a health copywriter we write that any health condition ending in ‘itis’, is an inflammatory condition.  Inflammation is often a sign that our body is reacting, or overreacting to something.  Among a host of other things a lack of healthy fats, some vitamin B’s and C, zinc, or magnesium may cause inflammatory conditions.  Remove foods which irritate your body.  There is no point calming down inflammation if the source of the irritation remains.  Many suffer from painful, aching joints, using painkillers as a form of pain relief. There are many other ways to help reduce pain and inflammation without taking drugs.  I find there are many whole foods which may be great for lowering inflammation within the body.

Foods With Anti-inflammatory Nutrients

  1. Red Onions contain a flavonoid called quercetin. Quercetin is responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their colour. Its value to the body and the medicinal world comes from its anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties which some researchers believe may help against heart disease, arthritis, hypertension and some cancers.

  2. Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin. Curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory ability. Curcumin not only helps to minimise inflammation throughout the body, but it helps reduce the pain that can come as a result of inflammation. Adding black pepper to turmeric helps your body optimally absorb the curcumin. Curcumin also has potent antioxidant effects. Its antioxidant activity helps to neutralise free radicals. Free radicals are chemicals that may damage the healthy cells in our body.

  3. Olives contain a chemical compound called oleocanthal. Oleocanthal may be a natural pain reliever.

  4. Extra virgin olive oil is the only olive oil which contains oleocanthal. Other fats and even other olive oils do not. Olives and extra virgin olive oil are a significant part of the Mediterranean Diet.

  5. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is known as an anti-inflammatory.

  6. Berries contain polyphenol compounds which may have anti-inflammatory effects.

  7. Broccoli contains significant amounts of anti-inflammatory antioxidants and nutrients.

  8. Eggs, onion, and garlic are fantastic as they contain reasonable levels of sulfur.

  9. Oily fish.

  10. Chia seeds are full of essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fats.

Foods Which May Cause Inflammation

Whole foods which may cause inflammatory markers in the body to rise include; red meat, capsicum, tomato, eggplant, milk, processed foods, sugar, coffee, alcohol and any foods you have an allergy.  It may be an excellent idea to get a food allergy test done and eliminate any foods you are allergic to or have an intolerance.  I have found this step alone to have beneficial results for lowering pain and inflammation within the body.

Reducing Pain And Inflammation

Identify and avoid the allergen causing inflammation.

Good gut health may cause inflammation.  If you would like to investigate how to improve your gut health, I highly recommend having a read of Dr Michael Mosley's The Clever Guts Diet - how to revolutionise your body from the inside out.  It's a game changer!

Increase antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods.

Probably supplement with anti-inflammatory nutrients including glucosamine and healthy fats.

Maybe a nutritional cleanse is a good idea. I find this works fabulously for any inflammatory conditions.

Especially relevant for helping mild gut inflammation is a nutrient called L-glutamine.

Drink filtered water to flush out toxins that trigger inflammation.

Cleansing To Help Lower Inflammation

As we all know a combination of a poor diet, alcohol, drugs, previous injuries, and infections may lead to inflammatory conditions.  Cleansing may help many with inflammatory diseases.  Detoxing may be brilliant for balancing the beneficial bacteria in the gut and improving the elimination pathways of the liver.  It may help enormously with inflammatory conditions.  Each path depends on a sequence of enzymes, themselves dependent on nutrients.  If you'd like to know more, please be in touch as a health consultation may help with your inflammatory condition.