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!
In this nutrition webisode for Nature and Health Magazine, Margaux J Rathbun, B.S., N.T.P. (Creator of Authentic Self Wellness) shares with us her favorite anti-inflammatory foods and why we should start including them in our daily diets. Learn more by visiting www.natureandhealth.com.au.
If you are suffering from pain caused by inflammation, you should know that there are certain foods that can ease your discomfort. Be sure that you are eating primarily raw foods (salads, freshly-made juices, and smoothies) and drinking plenty of herbal teas. Eat foods that are high in flavonoids because these are powerful antioxidants and useful for the reduction of inflammation. The foods with the most flavonoids are beautifully rich in color, mainly deep purples, blues, and reds. Try snacking on organic blueberries, strawberries, and goji berries to get a healthy dose of flavonoids in your diet. Be sure you are including plenty of foods rich in omega-3 into your daily diet to help manage the inflammation. Such foods include chia seeds (I love the white seeds from Melissa’s Produce), flax seeds, walnuts, cabbage, cauliflower, and wild-caught salmon. Some herbs and spices that have been shown to help inflammation include cayenne, ginger, goldenseal, red clover, and yucca.
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!