Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response; without it, we can’t heal. But when it’s out of control—as in rheumatoid arthritis—it can damage the body. Plus, it’s thought to play a role in obesity, heart disease, and cancer.
The best way to eat, whether you are sick or healthy, is to cook your food from scratch using natural whole foods and to include a lot of fruit, greens, nuts, seeds and healthy fats in your diet. This sounds easy but can be a little tricky if you’ve never done it before, or if you lead a busy life, like most of us do. The solution dear friends, is of course to include this in your daily smoothie!
The following anti inflammatory ingredients are included in the smoothie recipes for part 2 of the Smoothie Challenge.
Contains bromelain which is an anti-inflammatory natural substance, often found in anti inflammatory over-the-counter drugs. Pineapple also contains enzymes that aid digestion.
Contains a long list of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are natural chemicals found in plant foods. These chemicals help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats. When you eat or drink phytonutrients, they may help prevent disease and keep your body working properly.
Phytonutrients and antioxidants found in raspberries have shown to significantly reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.
The term “anti-inflammatory” is a term that truly applies to this delicious food. Avocado’s anti-inflammatory nutrients are made up of antioxidants, flavonoids and phytonutrients. It’s also rich in anti inflammatory vitamin C, E, manganese, selenium and zinc. Avocados are also a great source for anti inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. Include it in your smoothies for a creamy texture and add it to salads, it’s truly delicious.
Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti blood-clotting essential oils found in its bark.
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. There are also so many other uses for coconut oil – it can be used in cooking, as a skin healer, for yeast infections, as a make up remover, as a massage oil, etc. A staple in our home!
Almonds contain anti-inflammatory vitamin E in high doses.
Chia seeds are very high in Omega 3 fatty acids, one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory compounds in nature. It’s also incredibly nutritious – it’s a complete protein and contains many minerals and vitamins. Include it in your smoothies as often as you can, or add it as a top and eat it off with a spoon.