Inflammation is the body’s natural way of reacting to infection and injury but in some cases, chronic inflammation can actually lead to health problems. External factors can also result in inflammation including stress, an inactive lifestyle, and excessive consumption of inflammatory foods such as sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed meat. Fortunately, there are also plenty of foods that help fight the symptoms of chronic inflammation. Here are ten examples, with a few delicious recipes to help you include them in your diet.
Tumeric is the root of the Curcuma plant and it contains the powerful anti-inflammatory nutrient curcumin. This is used to treat inflammation related to arthritis for example. People who experience chronic inflammation or pain from certain illnesses often can benefit from curcumin supplements or a tramadol sale. For those of you who would prefer to ingest it in a recipe, you could try a trendy turmeric latte. These are pretty common in most coffee shops. You could also try making your own curries or other popular Indian dishes at home.
Fatty fish is beneficial in many ways if you want to improve your health. It’s rich in omega 3 as well as having anti-inflammatory properties as a result. Your body metabolizes the fatty acids found in omega 3 into compounds that have anti-inflammatory effects. The best sources include anchovies, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and herring, so you can take your pick. There are plenty of ways you can include some of these fish in your diet. You can experiment with your favorite recipes.
Avocados are associated with reducing inflammation in skin cells, and what’s more, they contain plenty of essential nutrients. These include fiber, magnesium, potassium, and healthy fats. Avocados can be used in a number of recipes from smoothies to simple salads. If you want to try something more complicated, you could make baked eggs in avocado. You can bake the eggs directly in the center of the avocado halves for a delicious brunch favorite.
Mushrooms contain various antioxidants for anti-inflammatory protection. Apparently, if you want to reap their full potential it’s better to eat them raw or lightly cooked. Here are some delicious mushroom recipes to give you inspiration. Mushrooms are also a low-calorie source of fiber and protein. They are rich in other nutrients including selenium, copper, and B vitamins. This is why they’re commonly used as an ideal meat substitute.
There are many health benefits to including peppers in your diet. Chilli and bell peppers, in particular, are good sources of vitamin C and antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects. They’re also very versatile and can be used in a number of different recipes. They can be eaten raw in salads, grilled, roasted, or in stews and curries. You certainly can’t go wrong with peppers and spicier varieties will certainly liven up your cooking. They make the perfect addition to a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet.
Another popular choice on the list of foods that fight inflammation, tomatoes are also very versatile. They can be eaten raw or cooked in a wide variety of dishes. Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. An interesting fact about lycopene is that it’s a carotenoid, a type of nutrient that’s better absorbed if it’s consumed with a source of fat. This means that if you cook or prepare your tomatoes with olive oil, for example, your body will benefit even more from their anti-inflammatory properties.
Olive oil itself is also considered an anti-inflammatory food. It contains the antioxidant oleocanthal which actually shares anti-inflammatory characteristics with Ibuprofen. Olive oil is great for cooking, as an ingredient in salad dressing, and much more. It’s better to choose the more refined olive oils, however, such as Extra Virgin. Here are some of the best olive oils reviewed by chefs.
The reason green tea is considered such a healthy beverage is because it contains a substance known as EGCG. This has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. As well as being a healthy drink you can also experiment with green tea, or matcha, in a wide range of recipes. It actually adds an interesting flavor to desserts and is very popular in both Asia and South America. Check out this green tea ice cream recipe for a different dessert to prepare this year. The subtle bitter taste of the matcha balances out the sweetness of the sugar.
Another dessert ingredient on the anti-inflammatory foods list is dark chocolate. In fact, the darker the better, as the stronger its antioxidant levels will be. Chocolate contains flavanols that have antioxidant effects and are beneficial for healthy arteries. In fact, the health benefits of cocoa have been studied for years. Flavanols have been shown to lower blood pressure as well as inflammation, and improve healthy blood flow to the brain and heart. No wonder chocolate is such a great pick me up.
Cherries and berries
Actually, various types of berries and cherries are known as anti-inflammatory foods. If you’re more of a fruit person, then you’re in luck as you can find anti-inflammatory properties in cherries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. They contain antioxidants such as anthocyanins and catechins which help fight inflammation in the body. These types of fruit are also very convenient to eat as snacks and versatile for cooking. You can have them raw, in a smoothie, or prepare desserts, for example. Have a look at these easy cherry desserts to wow your friends and family at your next dinner party.
By incorporating these anti-inflammatory foods into your routine, along with healthy habits and plenty of exercise, you’ll notice the benefits. An anti-inflammatory diet may help to prevent certain illnesses and ease the symptoms of conditions such as arthritis, skin ailments, and obesity. Studies are often being carried out to confirm the health benefits of these anti-inflammatory foods. One thing’s for sure, there are certainly plenty of delicious recipes that make it easy to include them in your diet.
Recently someone asked me if I knew a jeweler that could make a band ring for their anniversary. It got me thinking.. I really didn’t. I have no idea where to buy a stone or design a piece of jewelry. UNTIL…my friend Meghan partnered with Gioia’s Jewel Box. She works with Nicole, a seasoned jewelry curator, and can help you find basically find anything. They are Jewelry concierges who will create or help you choose the perfect piece, either in person (safely distanced) or over Zoom or even on a call. They specialize in custom and very unique designs for all jewelry styles. From small pendant necklaces to important statement rings, Meghan & Nicole can help you find it all. Follow their INSTAGRAM to check out some of their gorgeous pieces. I have chosen a few things below from their current inventory that I really really love!!!! PS EMAIL or DM them on Instagram with any questions about anything featured below.
Tonight my husband was given a gift to do an online cooking class with Guy Fieri. During the class, there were other celebrity chef speakers and sport’s commentators talking about their all time favorite Super Bowl dishes. This Buffalo Chicken Dip came up as the winner, unanimously. I started writing down the recipe ferociously. Since I just was given this tonight, I have not had a chance to make it but my son and I are going to try over the weekend. If you do too, will you write in and let me know!!! Bon Appetit!
4 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 bricks cream cheese
1 cup ranch dressing
2 packages shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
3/4 cup hot sauce (less if you do not like too hot and more if you do!!!)
Combine the chicken, cream cheese, dressing, shredded cheese (set aside about 1/4 of the bag), and hot sauce in the crockpot
Let cook on high for 1-2 hours or until all of the cream cheese melts. Right before serving sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and put the lid back on just long enough so the cheese topping melts.
They recommend serving this dip with a bunch of vegetables of your choice and tortilla chips!
adapted from Thehouseandhomestead.com
A friend gave me these Detox Bath Salts and I was amazed at how nice and relaxing they were. I was so surprised by how easy they are to make. My girls and I have been making them for a while now. I have tried a few different scents and I think I like Lavender the best but there are so many essential oil scents to choose from.
Mix the Epsom salts, sea salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. Add your essential oils. I add about 15 drops of essential oil to this recipe (per 1/2 cup of salt).
Scoop it into pretty jars. I purchased THESE. I really like that they come with scoops.
And now it’s time to take a nice long bath. Enjoy!
Every New Year, I decide to really do a good closet cleanout. I take the time to go through all the clothes that do not fit well or have not worn in a while. It’s so much easier for me to do it over a few weeks than all at once. I also keep a bag in my closet for donations. When I try something on and it’s just not right, in the bag it goes. When I have a pretty good accumulation, I contact Pick Up Please. It is so convenient. You go online and pick your date and then leave your donations outside on the morning of the pickup. I also send many things to the Real Real. I find it to be such a great resource for selling things with designer labels in good condition. I am so impressed with how fast things sell on the Real Real. Once I started getting rid of and organizing things in my closet, I start dreaming of what my perfect closet would look like. Here are some of my favorite closet/clothing storage ideas:
This week’s book club choice is a Reece Witherspoon pick and an instant New York Times bestseller. And I know how much you all love thrillers so The Guest List by Lucy Foley is my pick.
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.
And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why? – Amazon.com
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