Anti-inflammatory Blueberry Smoothie. Inflammation is directly related to our immune system. While a little bit of inflammation is good and necessary to heal our bodies, there is such a thing as way too much. That’s where our health suffers. Inflammation triggers are everywhere: stress, sugar, saturated fats, toxins in the environment, etc., so you can’t completely avoid all of the triggers, but you can certainly look to your diet to help create balance.
Skipping highly processed foods is one thing to do for sure. Cutting back on sugar will also help. In doing so, you may notice an improvement in skin issues such as acne, a boost in energy and even some allergy relief as these and so many other health issues can actually just be caused by inflammation.
There are actually a lot of foods that are considered anti-inflammatory. Here are ten to get you started:
1. Wild Caught Salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation and these fish are a great source.
2. Whole Grains. We have heard time and time again to cut out the white, refined flour so this is just one more reason to do it!
3. Dark, leafy greens. I have been adding these to my husband’s smoothies lately and he has finally stopped complaining. The list of benefits from eating your greens is so long so this just is icing on the cake, right?
4. Nuts. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews and more. Again, the omega-3 fatty acids are loaded in all kinds of nuts.
5. Spices: ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and more.
6. Berries. These fruits are loaded with anti-oxidants as well so load up on your berries!
7. Garlic. Sure it’s potent to the breath, but it is an anti-inflammation powerhouse!
8. Olive Oil. Many studies on the Mediterranean diet that is rich in extra virgin olive oil show the benefits when it comes to combatting inflammation.
9. Avocados. Yes! I can’t live without these so just another reason to eat them daily!
10. Beans. These are a great protein source and high in fiber as well!
So there is a good list to get you started. In reality, the more whole foods you put into your body, the more likely you are to get these kinds of foods. Your immunity will get a boost, and overall health will improve. What’s not to love about that?
2 handfuls spinach or leafy greens
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 T almond butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne start light and add as desired
1 tsp maca powder optional
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Benefits of blueberry
- Blueberries Are Low in Calories, But High in Nutrients
- Reduce DNA Damage, Which May Help Protect Against Ageing and Cancer
- Blueberries are the King of Antioxidant Foods
- Protect Cholesterol in The Blood From Becoming Damaged
- May Lower Blood Pressure
- Help Prevent Heart Disease
- Can Help Maintain Brain Function and Improve Memory
- Anthocyanins in Blueberries Can Have Anti-Diabetic Effects
- Substances in Them May Help Fight Urinary Tract Infections
- May Help Reduce Muscle Damage After Strenuous Exercise
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