The Importance of Following an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
If you want to follow a healthy lifestyle and get your body and weight loss goals back in check, we’re afraid to say that fad diets are definitely not the way to go. Optimal health is all about following a well balanced and nutritionally sound diet and one of the best things you can do for your body long term is to lower inflammation.
Inflammation is potentially debilitating.
Something as seemingly innocuous as inflammation can contribute to so many potentially debilitating and chronic diseases, all of which can be kept in check by following an anti-inflammatory diet.
Not only that but by following a diet that’s focused around anti-inflammatory principles, you can slow down the ageing process, stabilise blood sugar levels and increase your metabolism. That’s one of the reasons why The Jar Healthy Vending has introduced its range of healthy vending machines in London UK, to help tackle the nationwide endemic of inflammation as well as obesity.
Lose weight, feel great and get your inflammation in check.
Let’s take a look at five of the fundamental principles you should follow to improve your overall health. You will find many of the recommended food sources on our list below are available in The Jar fresh food vending machines.
1. Consume a minimum of 25 grams of fibre a day.
A diet that is rich in fibre will reduce inflammation. The best sources include grains such as barley and oatmeal or vegetables like aubergine and onions. Fruit is also full of naturally occurring phytonutrients which can help to reduce inflammation, so grab a banana on the go or add some blueberries to your morning porridge.
2. Try and aim for nine, not five servings for fruit and vegetables every day.
You might just have got your head and your shopping list around the concept of your five a day, but we’re sorry to say when it comes to targeting inflammation that needs to be increased to nine servings. Half a cup of cooked fruit or vegetables qualifies as a serving or one whole cup of raw leafy greens.
3. Consider adding some spices for an extra punch.
Herbs and spices like turmeric and ginger have excellent anti-inflammatory properties plus they can also add a zesty, zingy flavour to your fruits, vegetables and salads. They’re packed with skin-loving antioxidants too so you’ll look and feel better from the inside out.
4. Consume foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
There’s tones of research linking a reduction in inflammation to the consumption of foods rich in omega-3. We’re talking flax seeds and walnuts, kidney and soybeans and of course, cold water fish like salmon and mackerel. While we’re on the subject of fish, go for at least three portions per week to help reduce the risk of conditions like arthritis.
5. Eat a healthy snack at least twice a day.
You have permission to snack! However, we don’t mean you can grab a packet of crisps. Your snack choices should be made as wisely as your main meals. Greek yoghurt is an excellent choice, as is a handful of mixed nuts, some celery or carrot sticks or just one of those recommended nine a day single serving fruits!
Stick to these principles and you should quickly start to feel more energised and generally less sluggish and bloated, all of which are physical conditions frequently linked to inflammation.