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Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Should Be Eating

As a chiropractor in Birmingham I’m used to seeing people with a wide variety of health concerns and problems. Although the reason most people present to our Birmingham clinic is because of some kind of pain, as we go through their history we often find they have conditions like diabetes, arthritis, thyroid problems, migraines, fibromyalgia, heart disease, chronic pain, a history of cancer or stroke, obesity etc. The uniting feature of all these health concerns is inflammation.

blueberriesNow, inflammation isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it’s part of your body’s natural healing response. However if it gets out of control it can become very damaging to you. You may be surprised to learn that diet has a role to play in the chain of events leading to chronic inflammation. Foods high in sugar and processed vegetable oils (trans-fats) promote inflammation. Other foods containing omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants can help to curb inflammation. So, doesn’t it make sense to pay attention to the foods we’re eating in order to minimise inflammation and help control chronic health conditions? To make it easy to get started, here are your Moseley Chiropractor’s top 10 anti-inflammatory foods to start adding to your meals today.

  1. Broccoli – high in potassium and magnesium and an antioxidant powerhouse. Helps battle chronic inflammation and can lower the risk of cancer.
  2. Blueberries – high in antioxidants (especially quercetin) and low in sugar when compared to other fruits.
  3. Salmon – animal based omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the brain and body. They can lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and arthritis as well as help prevent cognitive decline.
  4. Turmeric – the super-healing spice! Antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial – need we say more? See my previous blog for more details and a fabulous easy juice recipe.
  5. Coconut oil – fights cell damaging free radicals with high levels of antioxidants. Heat stable, so good when cooking at high temperature.
  6. nutsWalnuts – high in omega 3 fatty acid, a good vegetarian source of antioxidant power!
  7. Garlic – has sulphur containing compounds which are super fast acting against inflammation causing free radicals. It’s also antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal.
  8. Chia seeds – vitamin, mineral and fatty acid rich anti-inflammatory seeds. Great for heart health & cholesterol regulation.
  9. Dark Green leafy veg – kale, spinach and chard all contain powerful antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids and vitamin C which help protect against cell damage.
  10. Beetroot – high potassium, magnesium and the antioxidant betalain which inhibits enzymes that the body uses to trigger inflammation.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it will help you begin to make some healthy choices and fight inflammation and the damage it can cause. To improve chronic illnesses long term lifestyle changes must be made, so start today by introducing inflammation busting foods to your meals – your body will love you for it!

If you or someone you know has chronic health concerns please share this blog with them. Or for more information contact us at Zest Chiropractic – we’d be happy to help!

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