Though inflammation is a general term used to describe how our body's inflammatory and immune responses affect our everyday health, inflammation can run the gamut from a swollen bruise to unbearable arthritis. It can be acute or chronic, healthy or dangerous, or can even be the first sign of more serious illness, like heart disease or an autoimmune disorder.
Talk to your doctor about how to treat the inflammation in your life. A good place to start is by eating healthy, inflammation-fighting whole foods that begin to treat you from the inside out. Research shows certain whole foods can help reduce the symptoms and risk of developing inflammation and inflammation-related disease.
Get started with these Blast recipes!
Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation and the foods in this Blast are packed with them! Delicious flax and walnut seeds provide a boost of omega 3's, while cherries provide inflammation-calming properties, as well. Drink up!
2. Inflammation Blast
Cooling cucumber and bromelain-packed pineapple come together in this inflammation-fighting Blast that also contains flax, a known anti-inflammatory.
3. Inflammation Vacation
Cherries have been shown to help minimize post-exercise muscle soreness due to inflammation, an excellent addition to any Blast. Blueberries also contain powerful antioxidants that help combat the free radical damage that can lead to inflammation.
4. Fight Back Inflammation
Ever used ginger to combat inflammation? Full of anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, ginger is an inflammation fighter with tons of other health benefits. Papaya also contains several unique protein-digesting enzymes that have been shown to help lower inflammation, including papain and chymopapain. In addition, papaya also contains antioxidants like vitamin C and beta-carotene, which are also good at reducing inflammation.
5. Anti-Inflammatory Turmerific
Another papaya-pineapple combo, this Blast also contains citrus, full of inflammation-fighting antioxidants like vitamin C. It's also got a kick of omega-3's and polyphenols, thanks to its flax and turmeric content.
A creamy heart-healthy fat, avocado contains carotenoids and flavonoids that have been shown to help fight inflammation. Cruciferous vegetables like kale also contain a high number of antioxidants, which have a naturally detoxifying effect that helps rid the body of the harmful chemicals contributing to inflammation.
7. Berry Beet Blast
Many of the unique phytonutrients present in beets have been shown to function as anti-inflammatory compounds. Turmeric also contains a special compound called curcumin, (responsible with giving turmeric it's bright, orange color) that's been shown to lower the markers of inflammation.
8. Inflammation Fighter
According to research, the antioxidant flavonoids in cacao reduces the inflammation associated with heart disease. Combine that with inflammation-fighting powerhouses pineapple, turmeric, cherries and walnuts, and you've got the ultimate in good health!
9. Papaya Pineapple Blast
This tropical mix is full of inflammation-battling stars pineapple and papaya, but also contains a new contender: coconut oil. Showing promising anti-inflammatory benefits, coconut oil brings this mix together with a delicious twist.
10. Inflamed No More!
Wheatgrass and banana both contain powerful enzymes that help shut down the markers that are triggered when we have an inflammatory response. This Blast also contains omega-3-rich chia seeds and brewed green tea, which is high in the antioxidants that help combat free radical damage, which can lead to inflammation. Green tea is also a major source of the catechin epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which contains potent free-radical scavenging ability.
Try one or have them all to increase your body's inflammation-fighting power!
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