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7 Delicious Foods That Heal Inflammation

(WellnessNova.com) - Excessive, prolonged inflammation and the accompanying pain can make life very difficult and quite tiring. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury, illness, and damage to cells or tissue. It creates pain, swelling, warmth, and redness, and makes it hard to move while the healing process begins.

Inflammation usually doesn’t last long after the healing process starts. But sometimes, the immune system doesn’t let up or goes haywire and floods your whole body with an inflammatory response, even when only a small area is injured. This can cause ongoing pain or repeated flare-ups. This is what happens in chronic inflammatory conditions like fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.

If you have chronic inflammation due to an ongoing condition or recurring injury, the cycle of pain and inflammation can be maddening. Take comfort because Mother Nature can naturally heal your inflammation with healthy, delicious food.

1. Ginger Root

Ginger root reduces inflammation and pain as effectively as ibuprofen without all of the harmful side effects.

You can easily find ginger root in most produce sections. Ginger seasons stir-fries nicely and goes well on chicken or fish. It also makes for a powerfully healing tea that can soothe many ailments. Dried ginger root may also be available in your local natural food store for easier tea making.

A tasty way to get a little ginger everyday is munching on a piece of crystallized ginger or ginger candy. Make sure it’s made with real ginger root and not just a flavoring.

2. Turmeric Root

Like ginger, turmeric is a root frequently used in cooking, especially in Eastern cuisine. Turmeric blocks pain, swelling, and inflammation. This root contains the same active ingredient as the anti-inflammatory medications Celebrex, Bextra, and Vioxx.

Fresh turmeric can sometimes be found in the produce section. Powdered turmeric is readily available in most spice sections. It works well in lentils, chicken, curry dishes, soups, veggie burgers, or meatloaf.

3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3s calm and balance your overall immune response, reducing any inflammation. Adding a high omega-3 food to your diet several times a week can ease any pain accompanying inflammation over time.

Cold water fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel are great sources of omega-3. For a vegetarian option, you can eat flaxseed, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.

It’s important keep a good balance between omega-3 and omega-6 to reduce inflammation. The easiest way to bring balance is to cut out processed foods, eat only small amounts of nuts, and only eat fish two or three times a week.

4. Green Tea

A nice cup of tea can calm your mind and body. Green tea has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Green tea is milder and more calming than black tea since it has significantly less caffeine.

While it’s possible to buy green tea in capsule form, it’s preferable to drink fresh-brewed green tea to get the most benefits.

You can also add ginger tea to your green tea for an added anti-inflammatory boost.

5. Tart Cherries

Tart cherries have been shown to reduce overall inflammation, as well as pain, during gout attacks. All red and purple fruits have inflammation-soothing compounds and tart cherries are very rich in them. Try eating several tart cherries a day, or drinking tart cherry juice to ease inflammation and pain fairly quickly.

6. Antioxidant Foods

Foods rich in antioxidants are high on the inflammation-fighting list. Most vegetables have lots of these immune system-boosting antioxidants.

Here are some green leafy vegetables high in antioxidants:

  • spinach
  • collard greens
  • mustard greens
  • kale
  • Swiss chard

Here are some Cruciferous vegetables high in antioxidants:

  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • bok choy

7. Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is trending as a superfood because of its many health benefits. Fighting inflammation is certainly one of the things this wonder oil is good at. Taking small amounts of coconut oil everyday can help reduce inflammation and any pain.

Some people really enjoy the taste of coconut oil and use it in place of butter on toast, or for sautéing veggies instead of vegetable oil.

If you’re not a fan of the taste, you can put a spoonful in a smoothie or use melted coconut oil for baking instead of regular oil. You can also put a little in a capsule and take it that way.

Inflammation can certainly put a halt to things and make it harder to enjoy life. By regularly mixing these delicious foods into your diet, you’ll be soothing your inflammation and supporting your health too. Give them a try and see how you feel!

Written by Angie Webster
We are amazing beings, fully connected to all of our surrounding and to each other in the most incredible ways. Because of the connection between our body, mind, and spirit (energy), when one is affected, so are the others and when one is healed, the others are too. We are holistically interconnected to each other and to the Earth, sending and receiving both physical and energetic signals to everything around us all the time. There is nothing we do that doesn't matter in some way. And yet, we are also a part of a much larger mystery, which flows through and contains us all. I've been studying herbalism and practicing it in my own life for 30 years. Over the years, I have added the use of crystals, energy work, and flower essences as part of my practice. I feel deeply connected to the Earth, her plants, her stones, her waters and her energy. I feel the connection we all have to the animals and the birds. I know first hand that when we are open to this Larger Energy of Life, we receive intuitive guidance and support in endless ways. I know that it directs us and brings us healing, to whatever extent we are open to it. In addition to my services as an energy worker, I offer a number of classes (online and in-person) to assist you in re-learning your own connection to this Energy and to the tools that are available to us. If you wish to learn more about working with crystals, animals, plants or receiving intuitive guidance and support, please take a look at my online classroom. http://angie-webster-healing.thinkific.com/ Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing/
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