If you’re following a low-carb diet to lose weight or just improve your overall health then it’s time to take it to the next level by adding a few low-carb eats and treats that also help to curb inflammation in the body. High carb foods like sugar, refined carbohydrates, saturated and trans fats and alcohol not only contribute to weight gain but also to inflammatory diseases such as heart disease arthritis and asthma. Inflammation is a part of the body’s immune response; without it, we can’t heal. But when it’s out of control it can damage the body. Foods high in sugar and saturated fat, for example, can spur inflammation by causing overactivity in the immune system, which can lead to joint pain, fatigue, and damage to the blood vessels. We spoke to Gert Coetzee, Pharmacist and Founder of “The Diet Everyone Talks About” about which low-carb, anti-inflammatory food we should all be adding to our daily diet. Here are just 5 low-carb, anti-inflammatory foods to add to your diet – trust us, they’ll make all the difference.
“Diet and lifestyle play an important role in pushing our bodies into an inflammatory state. So, while addressing issues such as lack of sleep and your stress levels will assist in helping to reduce inflammation, your diet will also make a big difference in reducing symptoms,” says Coetzee. But, the good news is that even when following a low-carbohydrate diet, there a number of super foods that are not only recommended for weight loss but are also highly anti-inflammatory as well!
Our top recommended foods are:
1. Pass the celery:
Celery is a great source of Potassium which helps to flush toxins from the body. Celery also has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities that assist in improving high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
2. Brilliant beetroot:
This super veg also contains high levels of Potassium as well as Magnesium. Low levels of Magnesium are believed to contribute to inflammatory conditions in the body so try adding a few spoonfuls of beetroot to your weekly meals.
3. We heart broccoli:
This tasty and versatile veg is key in reducing inflammation in the body. Just one cup of the simple green has a wide range of nutrients thought to assist in inflammation – such as Vitamins A, B6, C, E and K as well as Manganese, Chromium and Folate.
4. Try something fishy with Omega 3:
Fish is an excellent source of Omega 3 and a high consumption of omega-3s has been shown to lower levels of two inflammatory proteins: C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6. The best sources of Omega 3 fish are salmon, tuna, sardines, herring and anchovies so make sure you up the ante when serving fish for dinner this week.
5. Going nuts for pistachios and almonds:
Nuts are not only a satisfying snack, they also help in the fight against inflammation. Nuts contain substantial amounts of fibre and inflammation-fighting monounsaturated fat.
Not only does a low-carbohydrate lifestyle lead to weight loss, eating recommended foods such as these will significantly contribute to improving inflammation in your body. For more information visit the Diet Everyone Talks About website.