Food is nature’s medicine but if you aren’t getting the nutrients your body requires or are eating low-nutrient foods you can unintentionally increase your internal and external pain and inflammation. Here’s how to utilize food to help you feel your best.
Minimize Artificial Foods
If the majority of the food you eat is processed then you may be creating unnecessary inflammation or exacerbating existing pain and inflammation. However, identifying artificial foods can be tricky. For example, plain yogurt is low-processed, but many fruit-flavored brands are high in sugar and chemical additives. While chips, soda, and candy are obvious, everything from juice, to cheese, and meat can be processed—and full of sugar, bad fats, and chemical additives. This means it’s time to really start reading your labels.
What To Increase In Your Diet
Replacing your artificial food go-tos with whole foods can rapidly decrease your inflammation, but some foods will speed up the anti-inflammatory process. This includes:
- Salmon and other omega-rich foods
- Olive oil
- Turmeric, ginger, cloves, sage, cinnamon
- Fruits and veggies, especially avocado, leafy greens, tomatoes, and berries
- Sugar-free herbal tea, especially green tea
- Almonds and walnuts
- Bone broth, which you don’t have to drink straight but can use to cook your whole grains
Not only can the dietary changes above drastically reduce inflammation but will boost your whole body health. You can feel the difference in as little as 7 days.