Inflammation is a hot topic right now. While we're all aware of how it can negatively impact our health, the how and why are still not widely understood. Recently Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, finally clarified what inflammation is along with the symptoms to look out for, but today we wanted to take that information one step further. Now that you have a clear understanding of inflammation, we called on the expertise of celebrity nutritionist, registered dietitian, healthy cooking expert, and author Keri Glassman to provide a simplified anti-inflammatory foods list that we should eat (and cook with) every day.
In our busy lives, we really need it broken down to the list level.
"Supplements can help, too," she wrote in a recent blog post. "But foods are generally more powerful since many contain several different anti-inflammatory components (aka they're the complete package.)" Besides, we're firm believers in the prevention-rather-than-cure philosophy, and by eating these foods every day you're effectively equipping your body with the fuel it needs to fight the inflammation fire if it does occur. So read on for the foods Glassman tells us "you should be eating and cooking with every day, and as often as possible."
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"They contain a trifecta of powerful antioxidants—vitamin C, anthocyanin, and glutathione. That's likely why studies have shown that eating them regularly can reduce inflammatory markers."
"Contains something called organosulfur compounds, which have been found to inhibit inflammatory enzymes in the body."
"This cruciferous veggie contains an antioxidant called sulforaphane, which has been shown to reduce levels of inflammatory compounds."
"This powerful spice contains cinnamaldehyde, an antioxidant that inhibits expression of inflammatory compounds."
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"When foods are deep fried, compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) form. Studies like this one have shown diets that are lower in AGEs are associated with lower inflammation markers."
"Studies have found eating sugary foods and beverages increases markers of inflammation in the blood."
"Soup can be an incredibly nutrient-rich part of your diet, but the canned kind is often boiling over with excess salt. Too much sodium is linked to high blood pressure, and research has shown an association between sodium, high blood pressure, and inflammation."
You can read more on Glassman's anti-inflammatory food recommendations at NutritiousLife.com.
This story was originally published on May 16, 2017, and has since been updated.