If You Deal With Inflammation, Keep These Foods On Hand
If you have an auto-immune disorder, there’s a good chance you deal with inflammation. Outside of that, there are other things that we all come into contact with daily that can cause inflammation in the body for certain people. Foods, toxins in the air, stress and other things could be contributing to inflammation in your body. But according to a dietitian, there are foods that can help reduce that inflammation.
In 2005, I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease. Apparently, I’d had it a long time as my levels were at zero. My doctor was surprised I was still alive. Grave’s Disease is an immune system disorder resulting in the overproduction of thyroid hormone. After I was diagnosed, I took radioactive iodine the next day, which causes the body to go from hyper to hypo. I have to take medication to try and regulate my thyroid.
In 2020, I was having issues with joint pain, swelling, and I got this weird, itchy rash. After lots of doctors and tests, my rheumatologist said I either had Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis. I don’t get the rash often, so my guess is R.A. as my aunt also has it. I take meds which help, but daily I deal with random pain. For whatever reason, my left foot often feels like it’s broken. It’s not, it’s just the arthritis, but it sucks. When I wake up in the morning, it takes a few minutes to be able to walk properly. Good times!
Many people deal with autoimmune issues. Outside of medication, there are other things you can do to help your body. Exercising is great! Something I need to start doing. In addition, eating certain foods can be helpful.
Foods To Keep On Hand
According to Eating Well, Dietitian Annie Nguyen, M.A., RD says theses are foods that are good for reducing inflammation:
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Canned tuna
- Kidney beans
- Canned tomato
As much as I love almonds, they don’t always agree with me. Walnuts are also good for you. I always have kidney beans in my cabinet along with pinto beans, black beans, and cannellini beans. I’m not sure if all kinds of beans reduce inflammation, but I do know they’re healthy and a great option for protein if you’re cutting back on meat. Canned tuna is something I also have around most of the time. I know it’s not for everyone, but I like it once in a while.
Cooking with extra-virgin olive oil is healthy and part of the very healthy Mediterranean diet. It’s the only oil I use when cooking. Canned tomatoes and fresh tomatoes, especially in summer, are so yummy! And it’s a versatile fruit. I know some people, like a former roommate, couldn’t eat garlic because it caused migraines, but I’m a huge fan!
There are other foods I’ve read about that can help with inflammation. Pineapple is supposed to be good, as are cherries and berries. Unfortunately, sugar is bad for inflammation, and that’s something I’m working on cutting out of my diet as much as possible. Now, I use cane sugar in my coffee and I’m not letting that go! But in the last year or so, I’ve been eating way too many treats. It’s caused inflammation in the form of fat! LOL!
If you Google foods that reduce inflammation, you’ll be able to find a food or foods that you enjoy. Pinterest also has some great charts you can check out.