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 over-activity in the immune system, which can lead to joint pain, fatigue, and damage to the blood vessels. But fear not, adding a few low-carb eats and treats to your daily diet can help to curb inflammation in the body. Here are just 5 low-carb, anti-inflammatory foods to add to your diet – trust us, they’ll make all the difference.
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, but they also help in the fight against inflammation. Nuts contain substantial amounts of fibre and inflammation-fighting monounsaturated fat.