Eat These Foods To Lower Inflammation

Inflammation is just our bodies natural response to foreign entities in the body that seek to cause harm. When our immune system is triggered to fight off these aggressors, a host of white blood cells are sent to the affected area for treatment.

In some cases, though, as with auto-immune disorders such as arthritis, the immune system induces inflammation in areas where there is no apparent threat, unable to differentiate regular healthy tissue from disease.

This, of course, is not ideal as the symptoms of inflammation are unpleasant to say the least and a cause of great distress for prolonged periods of time. Inflammation can be short lived, or it can persist well beyond its welcome period.

However there are practical steps we can start practicing today to subside unwelcome inflammation, and it all comes down to what we are putting (or not putting) into our bodies.

One of the absolute best ways to fight inflammation in the body is not with a myriad of concoctions and prescribed tonics but with the foods we eat.

These are just a selection of items you can add to your grocery list to help you keep inflammation at bay.

Tomatoes

One of the most popular foods for fighting inflammation is a regular old tomato. Tomatoes are packed with nutrients and antioxidants like vitamin C which are fantastic for fighting off inflammation.

Tomatoes are also a great source of potassium, which our bodies need to maintain bone health and keep blood pressure in a healthy range.

As we do not produce potassium ourselves, we need to be getting our intake from external sources, like the tomato.

Broccoli Sprouts

How To Make Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli sprouts are hands down the single best food you can consume for inflammation.

Not only do broccoli sprouts help our bodies release and reduce inflammation causing biomarkers, but they taste great and are super easy to make right from your own kitchen.

All you need is some broccoli sprout seeds and about 5 days then you’re good to go!

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a delicious treat in moderation and an effective defence against inflammation due to its antioxidant rich flavanols. It is also packed with zinc, iron, and magnesium, all of which we need to maintain a healthy body over 50.

When selecting a dark chocolate, look out for higher coca concentration with anything 70% and above being the most potent.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil has been found to reduce the risk of inflammation thanks to an antioxidant compound known as oleocanthal, which has been shown to inhibit inflammatory enzymes.

This olive oil can easily be included in your diet in cooking and as a dressing for salads.

Studies have also shown that the high concentration of healthy fats in extra virgin olive oil can help reduce heart disease and maintain healthy cognitive function.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are an excellent addition to your diet as they are ultra-low in calories and super high in essential nutrients like b vitamins and vitamin D. These vitamins are proven to help fight of inflammation.

Some studies show that cooking your mushrooms may lower their antioxidant potency so try chopping them up raw in a salad or sandwich.

Avocados

Avocados, like extra virgin olive oil, are super high in healthy fats for our heart and brain and come packed with potassium, magnesium, and fibre. Avocado’s antioxidants will also help keep inflammation down.

Ginger

EAT THESE FOODS TO STOP BLOATING

Ginger has been used in tradition eastern medicine for centuries for good reason. Acting as a digestive enzyme, ginger can help along your body’s digestion process naturally, reducing inflammation in the process.

While it’s important to keep an out for foods that lower inflammation, it’s equally important to omit foods form our diet which may increase the risk of inflammation.

Try to eliminate or lower your intake of the following foods.

  • Fast food (Pizza, McDonalds etc)
  • White bread and pasta
  • Cookies and biscuits
  • All fried food
  • High sugar drinks such as soda and sweetened tea

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Foods To Avoid That Promote Inflammation

Processed Foods

Fast food, packaged snacks, and sugary drinks are high in unhealthy fats, sugar, and additives. These can cause inflammation in the body and make it more likely to get a long-term illness. Whenever you can, choose whole, unprocessed foods.

Refined Grains

The fiber and nutrients have been taken out of refined grains like white bread, white rice, and pasta. They can make your blood sugar go up, which can lead to inflammation. Instead, choose whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, and bread made from whole wheat.

Sugar

Eating too much sugar has been linked to inflammation and other health issues. Avoid drinks, desserts, and processed foods that have sugar added to them. Go for natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup in moderation.

Trans Fats

Fried foods, margarine, and a lot of processed snacks have trans fats. Not only do they cause inflammation, but they also raise levels of bad cholesterol. Read the labels on food and stay away from products with partially hydrogenated oils.

Closing Thoughts

Eat the foods that lower inflammation can have a big effect on your overall health. These dietary changes reduce chronic inflammation and lower your risk of chronic diseases. 

Always choose whole, unprocessed, anti-inflammatory foods. You can also eat fatty fish, berries, leafy greens, turmeric, and olive oil. 

Avoid processed foods, refined grains, sugar, and trans fats as much as possible. 

Remember, small changes can reduce inflammation and improve long-term health.

Make healthy, inflammation-free diet choices today to take charge of your health.

Your body will thank you!

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Schellea Fowler, founder of Fabulous50s, has amassed over three decades of excellence in small business leadership and expertise. Beyond her personal achievements, Schellea’s legacy is enriched by her role as a mentor, guiding emerging entrepreneurs with best practices from her experience. Post-2016, (after retiring at 50) her commitment to growth led her to further qualifications, all while maintaining her vision to empower and inspire women to feel excited about the stage of life they are in, and to and embrace and celebrate the aging process.

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Her additional qualifications include: Fashion Styling from the Australian Style Institute, Advanced Personal Colour Analysis from AOPI,  and Meditation Teacher Training from Yoga Coach.

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3 Responses

  1. All the foods l love. I actually use olive oil as a moisturiser for my face. Thank you so much for all the wonderful videos and tips Schellea:))

  2. I am ABSOLUTELY THRILLED that I have found you! I LOVE your workouts. I am working on the 14 day summer challenge and am getting stronger and FEEL FANTASTIC!!! I have tried other workouts but I love your personal style along with the music and the variety of workouts are awesome!!!!

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  3. Thanks again for your reminder, however i have been using five of these foods already off and on. But i love your encouragement, we need this to stay on track….You are a wonderfull person.

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Schellea Fowler, the visionary founder of Fabulous50s, brings over three decades of small business leadership and expertise to her legacy. Not only has she excelled personally, but she has also become a mentor, generously sharing her wealth of experience with emerging entrepreneurs.

After retiring at 50 in 2016, Schellea’s commitment to continuous growth led her to pursue additional qualifications. A qualified fitness instructor, she is presently continuing her master trainer program, specializing in exercise for older adults. Through Fabulous50s, Schellea remains devoted to her vision of empowering and inspiring women to embrace and celebrate their current stage of life.

Her additional qualifications include: Fashion Styling from the Australian Style Institute, Advanced Personal Colour Analysis from AOPI,  and Meditation Teacher Training from Yoga Coach.

Above all, Schellea’s mission is simple yet profound: to support women in embracing the aging process with confidence and grace.

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