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Allergies are in full bloom, and people are feeling the effects! If you’re one of them, I have advice that can help you reduce the congestion, itchy eyes, sniffles and other annoying symptoms that can make this time of year a major headache. One of the biggest factors in allergy flare-ups? Inflammation. The more you can reduce inflammation in your body, the less intensely you’ll be affected this allergy season.
But before you run to the pharmacy, consider a trip to the grocery store.
(And if a pharmacy is needed, don’t feel too guilty. Sometimes, allergy medications can’t be avoided.)
Below are 10 anti-inflammatory foods that pack a punch in the fight against seasonal allergies. Nourish yourself with these powerful and delicious foods and enjoy better health this season … and all year round.
Packed with healthy omega-3s (known for their anti-inflammatory properties), salmon will help attack excess inflammation while providing a healthy dose of the good fats your body needs.
Try my Honey Salmon Bites!
Good news for chocoholics! A study at Louisiana State University found that gut microbes in our stomach ferment chocolate into heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory compounds that shut down genes linked to insulin resistance and inflammation. You’re welcome.
Try my Chocolate Dipped Oranges
Working a daily total of 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger into your meals can help to significantly reduce inflammation. It provides other important health benefits and is a spicy addition to your meals!
Try my Banana Ginger Smoothie!
Broccoli is basically the poster vegetable for healthy eating. For an anti-inflammatory diet, it’s invaluable. It’s an antioxidant powerhouse loaded with key vitamins, flavonoids and carotenoids that work to lower oxidative stress in the body and help battle both chronic inflammation and the risk of developing cancer.
Celery is loaded with antioxidants that have the ability to cure free-radical damage that contributes to inflammation and increases your risk of diseases such as heart disease and cancer. It also makes for an effective home remedy against inflammatory conditions such as liver and kidney infections, joint pain, irritable bowel syndrome, skin disorders and urinary tract infections.
Try my Chicken Noodle Soup!
Blueberries come full of flavor and impressive health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants and contain anthocyanins that actually turn off inflammatory and immune genes. They can also fight aging, help combat cancer and aid in weight loss. Not too shabby.
These nuts are a solid source of a plant-based, anti-inflammatory omega-3 known as ALA. They provide protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals like potassium and magnesium. Their unsaturated fatty acids and phytosterols may lower your bad LDL cholesterol levels and lower your risk for heart disease.
Add walnuts to green leafy salads drizzled with olive oil for a satisfying anti-inflammatory meal, or grab a handful for an on-the-go snack.
Try my Oatmeal Surprise!
You might think bone broth is just another dietary fad, but it has earned its place in your kitchen. The stock is loaded with anti-inflammatory amino acids as well as gelatin. You benefit by their ability to rebuild your gut lining and promote inflammation-fighting gut microbes. Dr. Oz offers an easy-to-make chicken bone broth recipe.
Sweet and full of flavor, pineapple might be considered the candy of the fruit world. It contains an enzyme called bromelain that serves as a powerful anti-inflammatory. It’s beneficial in reducing asthmatic symptoms, helps to relieve post-exercise inflammation and is even being linked as a possible effective cancer-fighting agent.
Try my Grilled Shrimp & Pineapple Salad!
Last on this list, but one of the top anti-inflammatory foods you’ll find. Also known as Chinese cabbage, it’s an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins and minerals. It nourishes with omega-3s and Vitamin K, both which help lower unwanted inflammation. It has a sweet, mild flavor that makes it a great addition to most dishes. It just might become your next go-to ingredient!
Be a Health Hero and use the power of food to fight inflammation and seasonal allergies! And remember that while allergy medications are sometimes needed, using food as medicine is a powerful and natural way to improve your health, nourish your body and add more happiness to your life … no matter the season.
Make healthy living a part of every day.
The light in me honors the light in you. Namaste.
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