Summer offers the most vibrant and flavorful produce and fruits, making the farmers’ market one of my favorite places to shop this time of year!
However, heat and humidity can also increase overall levels of inflammation in the body, which can increase muscle, scar tissues and joint pain.
Inflammation in the body is caused by irritants and foreign compounds-often from our environment and food. When left unattended, it leads to an overstimulated immune system that research has linked to various health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer, type 2 diabetes and autoimmune conditions.
Reducing inflammation through food is considered an important key in preventing disease, slowing the aging process and improving overall health.
These anti-inflammatory foods are currently in peak season and deserve a spot on your plate:
A leafy green akin to spinach, kale, and lettuces like romaine and red leaf, Arugula’s anti-inflammatory perks come from antioxidants (like beta-carotene and vitamin C) and phytochemicals, which are compounds in plant foods that act like antioxidants.
One cup of fresh Strawberry halves has more vitamin C than a medium orange (89 mg vs 70 mg of vitamin C), that’s over 100% of your daily value in one little cup!
Since vitamin C is an antioxidant, this bioactive nutrient not only cleans up harmful free radicals to protect cells from inflammatory damage, but may also help to suppress some inflammatory proteins in the blood.
Packed full of antioxidants and polyphenols, like anthocyanins, eating both sweet and tart cherries, as well as drinking tart cherry juice, has been associated with lowering risks of conditions driven by inflammation such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Anyone else find themselves biting ripe tomatoes Just like Apples this time of year? While tomatoes are great sources of vitamin C, folate and potassium, they also contain the phytochemical lycopene which elevates them to superstar status in the anti-inflammatory food world.
And as always, hydrate hydrate hydrate!
Water is one of the most healing nutrients we have. It supports cell integrity and every bodily process, including eliminating toxins. Being hydrated lowers inflammation, it’s that easy!