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10 Foods to Eat to Fight Inflammation This Spring

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10 Foods to Eat to Fight Inflammation This Spring

Spring is finally in full swing, with rainy days and warmer temperatures to wake us up from the winter blues. As the weather changes and outdoor activities start up, you may feel a few more aches and pains than normal. Spring time weather factors - such as rain, humidity and increased outdoor activity - can cause inflammation in our bodies. But what is inflammation? Inflammation is your body's process of fighting against something harmful in an attempt to repair itself, such as infections, wounds and toxins. In today’s age, low-grade inflammation affects millions of people in our society and is responsible for conditions including arthritis, seasonal allergies, asthma, eczema and more. 

Our diets have an effect on how our bodies process inflammation. Certain foods can cause more inflammation, while others help to reduce it. Here’s a look at the 10 best foods to eat to help prevent inflammation: 

  1. Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy greens, including kale, spinach, and romaine lettuce are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents like chlorophyll, carotenoids, and essential vitamins and minerals. These nutrients play a role in reducing stress and can help reduce the risk of developing serious diseases.

  2. Broccoli: Broccoli is another antioxidant-rich vegetable packed with phytochemicals. Research indicates it has numerous healthful benefits, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Phytochemicals in broccoli are good for the immune system. This includes glucoerucin, carotenoids and kaempferol, a flavonoid. 

  3. Berries: Did you know wild blueberries include twice the antioxidant capacity as farmed blueberries? Eating berries with high antioxidant levels can help reduce the risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease by slowing down aging of the brain. Other berries with a high antioxidant capacity include cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

  4. Avocados: Avocados are a great source of healthy monounsaturated fat and antioxidants. The anti-inflammatory properties of avocados are so strong that they may offset less healthy food choices - it’s considered a top superfood! 

  5. Garlic: Garlic has many powerful health benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Garlic can help clean out the blood of toxins while preventing plaque buildup in blood vessels. 

  6. Peppers: Bell peppers are high in antioxidants and low in starch. Similar to spicy peppers, sweet bell peppers contain the chemical compound capsaicin, which is known to help reduce inflammation.

  7. Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is a delicious treat that’s packed with health benefits, with high amounts of antioxidants that can even protect your skin from the sun.

  8. Cherries: Cherries can help lower stress and decrease inflammation by suppressing inflammatory proteins, which can help reduce symptoms related to arthritis.

  9. Fatty Fish: Salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout are considered some of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These acids are essential for good health.

  10. Green TeaTea has antioxidants called catechins, which reduce inflammation. Green tea contains the highest level of EGCG among tea varieties, which is considered the most powerful type of catechin.

For additional at home relief, we recommend these products that may be helpful to use along with your anti-inflammatory diet: 

  1. Warming Heat Therapy Mittens: NatraCure Moist Heat Therapy Mittens provide warming therapy which may help ease pain due to minor arthritis, stiff joints, strains, inflammation, or hand injuries. 

  2. Knee Compression Sleeve: The adjustable uniform compression aids in the reduction of inflammation, swelling, soreness and stiffness so you can stay active.

  3. Foot Compression Sleeves: Get fast relief from foot pain, swelling and inflammation with our Foot Compression Sleeves. The lightweight, flexible design provides both compression and all-over support so you can move through your day with ease.

  4. Arch Fixers: The NatraCure Gel Arch Fixers support the plantar fascia while alleviating inflammation. The thin design features breathable, stretchable fabric and is comfortable to wear all day.

If you are struggling with inflammation, finding relief with our products and eating a healthy, targeted diet may aid in relief. Always consult your doctor before making a significant diet change. 

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