Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Keep You Moving
Managing inflammation through the food you eat is important, especially for those with arthritis. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting 1 in 5 adults and approximately 300,000 children. Certain foods, like kale, have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones and boost the immune system; all easing the symptoms of arthritis. Plus, inflammation is thought to also play a role in obesity, heart disease and cancer.
Inflammation is your immune system’s reaction to irritation, injury or infection. This normal response is actually a good thing and part of your body’s natural healing process. But since chronic inflammation can have a negative impact on your body and health, it’s important to follow an anti-inflammatory diet.
You Are What You Eat
Some things you eat can make symptoms worse (like sugar, refined carbohydrates, saturated and trans fats) by causing over activity in the immune system (leading to joint pain, fatigue and damaged blood vessels). But thankfully, plenty of nutritious (and tasty) inflammation-fighting foods from the earth and vegetables can help to ease your pain and keep you on the move. Below are a few foods you can add to your plate today:
- Almonds are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats (similar to olive oil), vitamin E and manganese. They’re also a good source of magnesium and plant protein. In research studies, eating almonds has been associated with having a lower risk of cardiovascular disease by improving the fatty acids profile of your blood. Get your daily dose of almonds with Lizzy Jays new nut milk, Smooth Almond!
- Carrots are a powerful antioxidant and contain beta-carotene (which your body can convert to vitamin A). Carrots also contain zeaxanthin and lutein, which are also related to vitamin A. Eating a diet rich in these antioxidants help to prevent damage to the healthy cells of your body. Cherish your carrots in Lizzy Jays Veggie Mix and Carrot Twist juices.
- Kale is a nutritional powerhouse containing glucosinolates (which act as antioxidants). This fibrous cruciferous vegetable is packed with vitamins A, C and K, and a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. Kale contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which are related to vitamin A and may help lower your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. In addition, lutein may help prevent atherosclerosis. You can tell we love kale and you’ll find it in many of our juices.
- Spinach, one of the earth’s superfoods, contains lutein (related to vitamin A), vitamin K, folate and beta carotene. Get pumped up (because it also provides your body with iron) when you eat your spinach. Research shows that people who eat green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, may have a decreased risk of macular degeneration.
- Peppers are a colorful choice packed with antioxidant vitamins. Though peppers are considered a nightshade vegetable, which some believe can exasperate inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis, hot peppers (like chili and cayenne) are rich in capsaicin (a chemical used in topical creams to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Tart Cherries are said to have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food based on a study at Oregon Health and Science University. Be sure to choose tart cherries (sweet cherries didn’t have the same effects) to experience the full benefits.
- Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. For centuries, ginger has been known and valued as an herbal medicinal product. Many studies have identified ginger as a natural remedy to fight arthritis, bursitis, motion sickness, nausea, and relief of chest congestion. We love this fresh ginger root, which is why we have it in half of our juices!
Find out more anti-inflammatory foods (like beets fatty fish, turmeric, berries and more) at arthritis.org. Select from our full line of fresh pressed juices to add these nutritious anti-inflammatory picks to your diet today at www.lizzyjaysjuice.com.