In the wellness community, “inflammation” is a big buzzword. According to certified nutrition coach Candice Seti, a little of it is good, but when we have excessive gut inflammation because of poor diets, it can lead to health problems like weight gain, bloating, sleep problems, headaches, joint pain, heart disease and even some cancers.
According to Seti and certified nutrition coach Dana James, here’s what anti-inflammatory foods we can eat to combat the effects:
- Cucumbers - All the potassium and magnesium in cukes help flush away toxins and inflammatory water and James says the vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese help Curb inflammation as well.
- Turmeric - This bright orange spice is one of the most well known anti-inflammatory herbs. “It contains curcumin, a polyphenol, which has been linked to reductions in blood sugar levels, oxidation, and pathways that trigger excess cellular inflammation,” James explains. It can boost the liver’s natural detox process.
- Swiss chard - James calls this dark leafy green “the more colorful version of spinach,” and it’s got lots of polyphenols that help reduce inflammation and free radical damage and flavonoids that can reduce allergic reactions, James says.
- Green tea - An easy way to get more anti-inflammatories in your diet is to drink a cup of green tea every day. Seti says the antioxidants in it help fight gut inflammation and cancer, too.
- Blueberries - Nutritionists love this superfood because of all the antioxidants and fiber. Seti says the phytochemicals in blueberries are “especially effective in reducing inflammation.” Not to mention, they’re delicious!!