All In The Ingredients: A Guide to Anti-Inflammatory Foods

There are many different conditions that can cause inflammation in the body, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, DOMS, and more. You can reduce the inflammation in your body in various ways, such as by using a Gladiator Device. But did you know that you can also decrease inflammation by changing your diet? Let’s check out what foods we should avoid and find out what foods are helpful.

Inflammatory Foods

Some foods that you consume on a daily basis may be making your inflammation worse. Some of these include snack foods like potato chips or pretzels, fried foods such as donuts or French fries, sweetened beverages such as soda and energy drinks, and processed meats such as beef jerky or hot dogs. Many of these items contain trans fat, which is a type of unsaturated fatty acid that can cause inflammation. 

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

We get it – it’s not always easy to stay away from foods that contain things that are bad for you. But some of these anti-inflammatory goodies are actually some of our favorite snacks. 

Broccoli

This superfood is not only delicious but it is amazing when it comes to decreasing inflammation. According to Healthline, it is rich in sulforaphane, which is an antioxidant that reduces your levels of cytokines and NF-kB, both of which cause inflammation in your body. So, make sure this broccoli recipe is on the menu next time you’re in charge of making dinner. 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes may not everyone’s favorite food but they should be! A perfectly round and red tomato is high in lycopene, an antioxidant that not only reduces inflammation but may reduce compounds linked to cancer. Popular ways to consume tomatoes include adding them to sandwiches and burgers, making them into tomato sauce, or simply slicing them and eating them. 

Avocados

These ultra-popular superfoods are some of the tastiest treats for a summer afternoon. Similar to broccoli, they help reduce NF-kB, which is known for causing inflammation. They also contain potassium, magnesium, and fiber. Basically, if you’re looking to eat healthily, pick up an avocado! If you’re feeling adventurous, use them to make some homemade guacamole. 

Fish 

Fish, such as salmon, tuna, and sardines are all great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Our bodies turn these acids into compounds that have anti-inflammatory effects. Other items that contain omega-3s are nuts and certain oils. Next time you’re preparing your seafood, make sure to cook it in extra virgin olive oil for maximum anti-inflammatory effects. 

Dark Chocolate

Yes, you read that correctly. Chocolate, specifically dark, is packed full of antioxidants, many of which help reduce inflammation. Now that doesn’t mean to eat a pound of chocolate! Eat it in moderation to reap the benefits.

Green Tea

We know that tea is quite a healing beverage, but green tea is one of the healthiest drinks out there. It contains a substance called epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) that is responsible for reducing cytokine, much like broccoli, which helps decrease inflammation. 

Let Gladiator Therapeutics Help

As we mentioned earlier, using a Gladiator Device is a great way to decrease inflammation. When you pair it with a diet filled with foods containing anti-inflammatory properties, you’ll be on the road to recovery in no time.

NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.

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