When your body heats up and gets red or swollen- that is what we call inflammation. Inflammation does serve a purpose by helping the body defend itself against injury and infection, but chronic inflammation leads to weight gain and disease. With the addition of stress, inflammatory foods, and low activity- the risk of disease is even greater.
In order to fight chronic inflammation, an increase of activity is recommended along with an anti- inflammatory diet. A primary plant based diet is the foundation of an anti-inflammatory diet. Here are some foods that will help reduce inflammation in the body:
Green leafy veggies like spinach and kale are excellent anti inflammatory foods. Kale also has the added benefits of promoting glowing skin, healthy eyes, strong bones, and a powerful digestive system.
Beans and legumes combat inflammation. Bean such as chickpeas, black beans, and lentils are also loaded with fiber and protein.
Pumpkin seeds are not only inflammatory, but are also known to reduce arthritis pain.
Omega 3 helps to fight inflammation. A plant based source would include flax seed and chia seed.
Root vegetables like beets are carrots.
Anti-Inflammatory Vegan Salad
Makes 6 servings
2 cups spinach
2 cups kale
2 cups romaine
10 oz shredded red cabbage
1/2 bag chopped baby carrots
2 cans (15 oz) drained and rinsed chickpeas
1 can (15 0z) drained and rinsed black beans
2 T Whole Trilogy Health Seeds