A common question we get is how can you reduce your inflammation. Inflammation is a mechanism that the body uses to protect its self from disease and other harmful irritants. Your body’s inflammatory response is an important part of the healing process, but if it lasts longer than necessary it can be harmful. Below we explore some tasty options to improve your overall health and reduce your inflammation.
Reduce Your Inflammation by Eating Anti-inflammatory Foods
Recent studies have shown that inflammation can increase your risk of disease and make it harder for you to get in shape. Fortunately, there are many anti-inflammatory foods that can help reduce non-essential inflammation.
Onions are incredibly versatile and a great addition to most meals. They are rich in flavonoids-antioxidants which can help reduce your inflammation.
Fruits are a great snack option that can be enjoyed all on their own. Many fruits are high in antioxidants that can help fight off pathogens and other irritants that can cause disease. Berries tend to have some of the highest antioxidant levels, especially blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.
When the goal is reducing inflammation, choosing a lean protein is your best option. Red meat can increase inflammation through its high salt content but choosing lean fish like bass, halibut, salmon, cod, and snapper can help reduce your inflammation by increasing omega-3 fatty acids.
Avocado, grapeseed and olive oils are very high in healthy fatty acids that can help to minimize inflammation and increase your immune system. Choosing these oils for cooking or making salad dressing are some easy ways to increase your intake of healthy fats.
High Fiber Foods
Foods high in fiber can help to reduce certain proteins in the body that cause inflammation. Eating a diet consisting of vegetables, fruits and grains such as quinoa and oatmeal can help increase your healthy fiber intake. If you have an intolerance to foods containing gluten, you should do your best to stay away from such foods as it will drastically increase your body’s inflammatory response.
Other Anti-inflammatory Foods
– Nuts – Avocado – Herbs (oregano, thyme, and basil)
-Garlic – Green Tea – Beans
Foods That Can Increase Inflammation
While increasing your intake of all the foods above can help reduce your inflammation, it is just as important for you to avoid certain foods. Any foods that are highly processed, overly sweet or greasy should be avoided. Below are some foods that tend to increase inflammation.
– Processed and high-fat red meat – Sugary foods – Refined starches
– Fried foods – Wheat – Margarine or anything with trans fats – Cheese
– Whole milk – Butter – Limit Alcohol
While eating wisely can help you reduce your inflammation, it can also help increase your overall health and wellness. Invest in your health by being purposeful about your nutrition. Remember, what you put into your body is what you get out.
Regular chiropractic adjustments can also significantly increase your body’s ability to heal and fight inflammation. For more information about how chiropractic can help with inflammation CLICK HERE.
For more information regarding inflammation, in general, check out this great website.
Searching for a Chiropractor Near Me in Frisco
If you or anyone you know are looking for a chiropractor in Frisco, Plano, The Colony, Prosper, McKinney, or any other surrounding areas look no further than Express Chiropractic of Frisco! We are located on the corner of Lebanon and Ohio in Frisco in an office park called Hackberry Crossing. We are Suite 104 and have a green sign on the column!
Remember you never need an appointment, we have late hours most days and are even open on Saturdays. We hope to see you in the future for an adjustment and massage!