How to add natural anti-inflammatories to your diet
by Kelsey Taylor
Inflammation attacks the body through many disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, gout, tendonitis and fibromyalgia, which all cause intenseand sometimes constant pain.
To find comfort, I recently spoke to a co-worker dealing with tennis elbow about eating fresh cut pineapple — a natural anti-inflammatory. To help alleviate your pain, try introducing these ingredients and foods into your diet:
Extra-virgin olive oil — Helpful properties: Oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid; tips to introduce it to your diet: Puree with garlic and your favorite beans in a food processor to make a dip.
Tumeric — Helpful properties: Curcumin; tips to introduce it to your diet — Add to brown rice with raisins and cashews, and season with cumin and coriander for a Middle-Eastern-flavored dish.
Blueberries — Helpful properties: Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, selenium, zinc and iron; tips to introduce it to your diet — Add to salad greens with fresh oranges, drained canned tangerines and granola. Top with blueberry vinaigrette.
Salmon — Helpful properties — Omega-3 fatty acids (polyunsaturated); tips to introduce it to your diet — Combine 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, olive oil and Dijon mustard and two cloves of garlic minced. Pour over and bake at 425 for 15 minutes.
Garlic — Helpful properties — Allixin; tips to introduce it to your diet — Saute spinach, garlic and fresh lemon juice for a side dish.
Kelsey Taylor is a certified personal trainer with the International Fitness Professionals Association, a sports nutritionist and a strength training instructor with more than 11 years of experience. For the past three years, she's worked at Angie's List as a wellness director/personal trainer for 400-plus employees.