5 Foods to include in your Anti-Inflammatory Diet

In 2013 I was diagnosed with colitis which is an inflammatory bowel disease. To say that it doesn’t impact me and the decisions I make every day would be a lie. Seven years later and I’m still learning to adjust my diet and listen to what my body needs. If you have any auto-immune disease like me and know how hard it it is going through a flare-up, then you know that what you put into your body is very important. By incorporating the following foods into your diet then you are helping your body maintain a level of balance, by detoxifying in ways it can’t thank you enough. 

  1. Fresh fruit and vegetables 
    Always incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals and throughout the day in your snacks (picking locally sourced is a plus, too!). It also helps to take note of what foods are in season where you’re living with a mix of different colored fruits and vegetables in your diet gives you a healthy mix of antioxidants that have immune boosting nutrients.
  2. Herbal Teas
    Herbal teas compared to caffeinated teas and coffee tend to contain herbs which boost the body’s immune system and improve metabolism. Examples of those herbs are black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and turmeric. Try incorporating some of these popular herbal teas into your daily routine like peppermint, hibiscus, chamomile, lavender, green, ginger, and lemon.
  3. Legumes and grains 
    Legumes and grains are a great source of protein as an alternative to meat and are easy for your body to digest. Examples of legumes and grains include rice, chickpeas, lentils, beans, peas, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, whole grains, oats and so much more!
  4. Water
    Hydration, hydration, hydration! It’s very important to drink the recommended amount of water each day which is eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about half a gallon. It’s called the 8x8 rule and is very easy to remember! It’s great to help detox our bodies and provides us with the level of oxygen our bodies need to maintain clarity and focus throughout the day.
  5. Spices like ginger, cumin, turmeric and fresh herbs
    Herbs and spices not only make food taste delicious but it also supports the mind. According to Ayurvedic medicine, spices are incorporated in foods to act as a healing tool to support a healthy lifestyle, immunity and stimulate repair and rejuvenation.

Our nutrition and diet is a very important aspect of our lives. Not all bodies are the same and it’s important to listen to your body and give it the nourishment that it needs. There’s no specific diet suitable for all of us but incorporating all or slowly a few will help make you feel good inside and out. Make sure to have a healthy relationship with food and not to overly restrict your body’s needs then your mind, body and spirit can function together in a harmonious way.