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Who would have thought you could eat your pain away?? Consuming foods that have anti-inflammatory actions can noticeably reduce or prevent the inflammation you’re experiencing.

Inflammation is the body’s natural mechanism that is stimulated by our immune system to combat an injury to tissue or infection. Inflammation can present as heat, redness, pain and swelling and chronic inflammation can lead to chronic disease. Nourishing the body with foods that are rich in anti-inflammatory properties is a perfect way to keep your inflammation under control.

6 Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Foods.

Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid: Powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can be found in cold-water oily fish (sardines, mackerel, tuna, salmon), flaxseeds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

Olive Oil: Another great source of an anti-inflammatory food is cold pressed extra virgin olive oil because it contains oleic acid. Research suggests that olive oil provides anti-inflammatory actions as well as antioxidant properties. Drizzle a little bit on your salad today!

Garlic: This is a staple add on to any meal. Fresh garlic is a powerful anti-inflammatory that contains compounds that inhibit inflammatory prostaglandins therefore helping to reduce inflammation!

Vitamin C: has also been shown to reduce inflammation, as a recent study at the University of California in Berkeley demonstrated. Researchers showed that Vitamin C can lower levels of C-reactive protein, a biomarker of inflammation that has been shown to be a powerful predictor of heart disease and diabetes. Vitamin C-rich foods include kiwi fruit, capsicum, tomatoes, broccoli, citrus fruits and berries.

Curcuma longa: Turmeric has been used for centuries as a medicinal tool in India and China to treat bruises, menstrual pain, flatulence and more. The pigment that is responsible for the yellow-orange colour, curcumin, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory actions comparable to potent pharmaceutical drugs.

Chia Seeds: These are ancient seeds that are a rich source of omega 3, protein and antioxidants. Chia seeds contain 20% omega 3’s, which means they have anti-inflammatory properties as well as being great for your skin and essential for healthy hormone balance. This was a favorite ingredient of mine that I used on the TV show for every woman!

Simply add these to your daily meals to get the best out of our body’s natural ability to heal itself.

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