Over the last few years, many studies have shown that inflammation contributes to a number of health conditions and symptoms. Things like skin rashes, digestive troubles, headaches and migraines, brain fog, fatigue, and more can often be attributed to inflammation.
Foods that cause inflammation
The foods that cause inflammation won’t surprise you. Red meat, processed and preserved meats and sausage, dairy, gluten and white flours/starches, refined sugar, and preservatives top the list. A diet rich in these potent foods will most likely cause you to feel cruddy anyway. If you’re susceptible to inflammation, these things can make symptoms even worse.
What can you do? Consume a diet that is full of foods that fight inflammation is a good place to start.
Focus on foods that are very similar to a Mediterranean diet, making it super doable for most people in the western world. Heck, I can get all of these things at my local grocery store! It’s hard to make excuses when it’s accessible, right? Here’s the list to focus on:
- olive oil
- leafy greens + cruciferous veggies
- fruit, berries + other low glycemic fruits
- citrus – lemons and oranges
- fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids – salmon, sardines, mackerel
Green smoothies can help tremendously if you’re struggling to add anti-inflammatory foods to your diet. I combine quite a few of the ingredients listed above into this smoothie recipe. It’s nutrient-packed and makes the perfect anti-inflammatory smoothie. If you haven’t been a smoothie fan yet, I hope this will make you reconsider. Smoothies are easy to make, consume, and even take with you.
Looking for more to help your body heal naturally? You can see a ton of smoothie recipes, plus other meals featuring anti-inflammatory rawkstars like ginger, leafy greens and turmeric all in our Rawk the Year Meal Planner. With over 400 recipes to choose from, convenient weekly meal plans, customized shopping lists and more – Rawk the Year is an amazing tool to help you take it to the next level when using foods to heal.
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