Have you ever wondered why you’re always bloated or why your face is breaking out like your hitting puberty all over again? It could be as easy as your diet. The foods we eat can have more impact on our bodies than just the size of your pants. Many foods we find in the grocery store are filled with sugars, artificial additives, refined flour, and vegetable oil. These are just some of the things that leads the body to starts attacking healthy body tissues causing the inflammation. Inflammation not only causes the body to become swollen and bloated, but it can trigger arthritis, fibromyalgia, and asthma.

So how does one start living a life with an “anti-inflammatory diet?” It’s smart to slowly add in the healthy anti-inflammatory foods to your diet verse cleaning out all the bad and replacing it with a whole new diet. This helps your palette adjust to the new foods as well as it helps you from turning back to your old ways. Finding the foods that work for you is really the best option. Having a diet with plenty of omega-3 foods, fruits, vegetables, small amounts of red meat, and no chemicals or additives is what you look for when thinking of an anti-inflammatory diet.

When starting this journey of an anti-inflammatory diet make sure you remember the importance of balance between sodium food and potassium-rich foods. These foods work as a team bringing in the good and flushing out the bad. Without the potassium-rich foods our body will become full of the sodium, and that’s when the swelling begins. Celery is an amazing item to have in your diet, not only does it carry this great balance but it’s full of other amazing health benefits: improving cholesterol and blood pressure and it even helps prevent heart disease. Another great food that carries the balance is broccoli. Broccoli should be your go to diet vegetable, because it’s full of antioxidants that do amazing things for the body other than anti-inflammatory.

One easy item to add to your diet is all the leafy greens! Greens are full of anti-inflammatory fighting agents, and are so easy to add to your daily diet whether it’s in a daily meal or a healthy smoothie. Blueberries and pineapples are two great fruits to incorporate in your daily diet. Blueberries are full of an antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin are one the strongest anti-inflammatory fighters, they are usually present in citrus, olive oil, and dark colored berries. Another great study of the blueberry is the more you consume them the better your memory and motor functions improved and it also slowed cognitive declined. Pineapples are also full of quercetin and another awesome antioxidant bromelain. These two working together can help make sure the immune system is regulated and helps get rid of the unwanted inflammation.

Chia Seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6. They are like little magicians for the body, chia seeds actually go thru your body and reverse inflammation, lower blood pressure, and helps regulate cholesterol. Turmeric is a great benefit to the anti-inflammatory diet, it is full of compound called curcumin which is what fights the inflammation. Curcumin is such a powerful compound that people saw better results in fighting inflammation with curcumin then they did with Advil and ibuprofen. Turmeric is very effective as well with people fighting rheumatoid arthritis due to its high anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut Oil is a pantry must have! Coconut oil has worked so effectively as an anti-inflammatory property that it has actually healed arthritis more than leading medications!

There are so many different types of foods, seeds, and oils that help fight and eliminate inflammation! Deborah Barrington, a senior editor from Industry Dive says, “We expect to see the market for inflammation-fighting foods to grow 7 percent by 2020 and expect 2017 to be a big year in terms of new product announcements and continued research and development.”