Excessive inflammation is something we want to avoid as it can ignite a long line of negative reactions in our bodies. It can be linked to premature aging, asthma, diabetes, and even some connections have been made to dementia and mental illness. 🧠
🧡Turmeric contains curcumin (what gives the spice its vibrant orange colour!) and is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. We love using turmeric in our curry dishes, baking into muffins and including it in our smoothies.
🫐Berries, especially blueberries, are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouses! Blueberries contain flavonoids that help reduce inflammation in the body. You can't go wrong consuming a bowl of organic blueberries every day! Other ways we like to enjoy them is on top of our granola bowls, baked into muffins, and other desserts.
🥬Leafy Greens, with spinach and kale taking center stage, contain fiber, phytonutrients and vitamins A, C and K to help balance inflammation. Fresh crisp salads are a great way to get your greens, but we also like cooking them into pasta sauce, sneaking them into that morning smoothie and even blending into our pancake mix!
Virgin Coconut Oil
🥥Virgin coconut oil may reduce inflammation by increasing antioxidant absorbency in the body. A great way to enjoy coconut oil in your diet is by making coconut rice with coconut oil and coconut milk to go with a curry or stew, as well as using coconut oil in your raw and baked desserts.
🌰Walnuts are pretty impressive little morsels. They contain polyunsaturated fatty acids and are the richest source of omega 3 fatty acids in the nut family along with their alpha-linolenic acid, all known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
🫖Fresh ginger root is one of our best friends, it’s true. Ginger keeps our immune system strong, is spicy and delicious, and is an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce swelling. We like to use it regularly in our smoothie bowls, grated into salad dressings, baked goods, and brewed in tea.