Posted on 04-06-2017
We all realize that losing weight is an important component to becoming healthier. In fact, losing only 10% of your body weight can make significant changes in your health.
High blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, obesity and diabetes are diseases that have a direct correlation with your weight and lifestyle choices. Additionally, these diseases cause inflammation and inflammation is the precursor to all diseases.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods Can Also Help with Weight Loss!
- Green Leafy Vegetables: There are so many ways to add green leafy vegetables. Kale, spinach and swiss chard all possess antioxidants that fight inflammation. They can be prepared in nutritious ways, such as adding them to your soup or salad. Leafy greens contain high levels of vitamins A, C and K. Each of these vitamins help protect the brain from oxidative stress.
- Bok Choy: Bok Choy contains more than 70 antioxidant phenolic substances, which include hydroxycinnamic acids, a phenyl that eliminates free radicals. Bok Choy can be cooked with mushrooms, herbs and garlic. It can also be added to salads, soups, or roasted in the oven.
- Celery: Celery has many beneficial anti-inflammatory qualities. Bacterial infections and lower inflammation can be helped by eating celery seeds. Celery contains good amounts of antioxidants, potassium and vitamins. Toxins can be flushed by the body through the intake of potassium. Celery also helps lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Try dipping celery into salsa instead of using chips or add celery to your salads. Celery seeds are excellent for seasoning a vegetable dish or a salad. Spread them lightly first because celery seeds are strongly flavored and have a mild bitterness to them.
- Broccoli: Broccoli is the gold star vegetable for eating healthy. It is extremely valuable for an anti-inflammatory diet because it contains high levels of magnesium and potassium. Broccoli also contains very strong antioxidants that are helpful on their own. The antioxidants collaborate to lower oxidative stress in the body and combat cancer and chronic inflammation. Try raw broccoli in a salad. It can also be cooked, steamed or roasted with herbs and seasoning as a pairing with meats.
- Blueberries: Blueberries contain many vitamins and also quercetin, an important antioxidant. Quercetin, which is also found in citrus and other dark berries is a flavonoid that fights inflammation and cancer. Flavonoids are phytonutrients or helpful substances that are typically found in fresh foods. Additionally, blueberries can improve memory and can help delay cognitive decline. Blueberries are naturally tasty and are great by the bowlful.
- Bone Broth: Bone broth is somewhat trendy right now. It provides easily absorbable minerals which include: magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, calcium and sulfur. Bone broth contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates, which reduce joint pain, inflammation and arthritis. Bone broth is easy to make at home in the slow cooker with beef, chicken or fish bones. Include celery, onions, garlic, carrots, parsley and a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar and simmer for a couple hours. Afterwards, strain and eat right away or put it in the refrigerator for later.
- Turmeric: A powerful anti-inflammatory substance, curcumin, is found abundantly in turmeric. Curcumin is known to lower inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It goes well in vegetable dishes, soups or can even be used to make tea. Turmeric has a very intense and distinctive flavor, so use it sparsely at first if you are not familiar with it.
- Ginger: This is an immune modulator spice that also reduces inflammation. It can be fresh, dried or as an extract or supplement. Ginger helps with overall digestion and helps eliminate toxins that build up in the organs. It also helps clean the lymphatic system.
Eating a diet that includes these wonderful anti-inflammatory foods is a great way to lower your risk of many of the lifestyle diseases that are so prevalent today including the ability to lose and maintain a healthy weight.