In this episode of Authentic Self Wellness Radio, we talk all about the ways our diet can either contribute to or reduce inflammation in our bodies. Discover what foods help to manage inflammation and what foods we should avoid. Enjoy!
Onions are great foods for cleansing your entire system. They are antibiotic and antiseptic which makes them particularly good for the blood, having a thinning effect that has been shown to prevent clotting and to aid in lowering cholesterol. Onions are great for boosting immunity and are full of vitamins B1, B6, C, beta-carotene, folate, and calcium. The also contain the flavonoid quercetin which is an antioxidant believed to help block the formation of cancer cells.
Deliciously sweet with a butter-like consistency, papaya is a favorite fruit for many. The vibrant color of the fruit flesh reflects the abundance of beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxathin, two carotenoids that are converted into vitamin A for powerful antioxidant protection. Papayas are also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, folate, and zinc. If you are looking to include more fiber in your diet, papaya is a good source, helping to promote healthy digestion. In addition to the fiber content, papayas contain papain, an enzyme that digests proteins. This makes papaya a helpful fruit for anybody who suffers from poor digestion. Papayas have been shown to be very helpful in promoting healthy lungs, a strong immune system, and a healthy heart. It’s also a good food for promoting inflammatory balance in the body as it comtains chymopapain.
DID YOU KNOW:
– Papaya trees are actually herbs that grow 10 to 12 feet high!
– Don’t throw away the seeds in papayas. They have a peppery taste and can be used in place of black pepper. Try adding it to salad dressings!
I have always been a huge fan of pears, especially Bartlett pears. I’ve recently started adding fresh pear slices and pear juice to my morning smoothies (with a little dash of cinnamon added to the mix, yum)! Pears have been a favorite food for different cultures for thousands of years. They have been referred to as “the gift from the gods” and where considered a luxury item in the French court of Louis XIV. There are many varieties of pears to choose from put the most common include comice, bosc, anjou, and Bartlett pears. The peak season for pears is typically August through October. Pears are loaded with nutrients that include dietary fiber for healthy digestion, vitamin C for a strong immune system, copper, and vitamin K. They are also full of health promoting carotenoids and flavonoids like beta-carotene and quercetin. This makes them a fabulous food for promoting a healthy heart. Pears are also recommended to people who are allergic to most foods because they are hypoallergenic.
DID YOU KNOW:
– One pear contains about 98 calories. Add them to your smoothies and salads every day! You can also enjoy them plain as they make a delicious and portable snack to take with you on-the-go.
– Pears originated from Central Asia about 3,000 years ago.