Last week, I had a CTV Morning Live spot all about the best foods and nutrients to reduce inflammation. You can click here to watch it.
Inflammation is at the root of almost every health condition and you might not even realize you have it.
Inflammation is our body eliciting an immune response. It’s actually a defense mechanism our body has to protect us from infection and injury. So, some inflammation is in fact necessary. The thing is, certain foods can create this same immune response in the body, and if you’re eating these foods regularly, this leads to a chronic immune response and therefore chronic inflammation.
The first is turmeric which turns everything this amazing, bright yellow colour. One of the main active ingredients here is circumin, which is proven to be anti-inflammatory. I’ve got two turmeric recipes to share: a turmeric latte (that’s dairy free of course and I'll post shortly) and golden hummus!
I mentioned that you want to reduce your intake of refined Omega 6 oils, but you also want to increase your intake of Omega 3s, which are anti-inflammatory. The one I use is Nutra Sea. It tastes good and you just need 1-2 teaspoons every day, with food.
When it comes to reducing inflammation, the real focus is on foods that are high in antioxidants like your fruits and vegetables. If you suffer from inflammation, ask yourself if you are eating at LEAST 6 servings of vegetables every single day? If you need some inspiration for getting more veggies into your routine, head on over to the recipes section of the website.
In particular, some foods that are high in antioxidants include: