Chronic inflammation is a major health destroyer that has been linked to many degenerative health conditions. It is detrimental right down to the cellular level where it actually accelerates aging. So what can you do to help reduce inflammation in your body? One solution is to eat certain combinations of foods that researchers have found to be beneficial at reducing cellular inflammation. So combine these anti-aging foods and include them in your family’s meals as often as possible.
Combine: Pink Grapefruit & Avocado for Cells
Grapefruits are a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been shown to reduce inflammation and safeguard against cellular damage. When you combine grapefruit with the healthy fats found in avocadoes, it actually helps your body absorb more lycopene where it can be put to good use at fighting free radical damage.
Eat these food combinations once or twice a week using half a grapefruit and half an avocado, or infuse this combo into your meals by trying a new recipe like citrus-glazed shrimp tacos with avocado, or simply toss grapefruit and avocado into to a green salad.
Combine: Brussels Sprouts & Olive Oil for Healthy Eyes & Vision
Brussels sprouts contain lutein, which is one of the most important nutrients for your vision. Lutein reduces the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of blindness. When you combine Brussels sprouts with olive oil, the healthy fats in the oil increases the amount of lutein that your body can absorb and store for utilization.
Eat these food combinations once or twice a week. Make brown rice with stir fried or caramelized Brussels sprouts in olive oil, or sauté steamed Brussels sprouts and fresh vegetables in olive oil, add some turkey or chicken, and serve with brown rice.
Combine: Apples & Chocolate for Your Heart Health
Apples, and particularly their skins, are packed with quercetin, an anti-inflammatory compound. When you combine apples with flavonoids in dark chocolate, the antioxidants in this combo of anti-aging foods work to reduce your risk of blood clots and lower your risk of heart problems.
For a tasty dessert, dip apple wedges in melted dark chocolate and coat with chopped nuts. You can serve it as a fondue, or prepare ahead of time and keep refrigerated until you’re ready to serve dessert.
Green tea is a natural source of the powerful antioxidants called catechins. By combining green tea with fresh squeezed lemon juice, it maximizes the catechins’ effectiveness, making your skin look and feel more youthful. Plus, the breakdown of the tea’s antioxidants is slowed down by the vitamin C in the lemon juice. This means more antioxidants will be available longer in your body, which will provide your cells with greater protection from free radical damage.
Avoid These Foods to Help Prevent Chronic Inflammation
At the opposite end of the spectrum are foods that you should avoid because they stimulate the inflammation response and cause chronic inflammation. Avoid foods that contain trans fats, corn oil and refined carbohydrates (white sugar, corn syrup, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, etc.), and the most dangerous foods you should not eat include:
- French fries
- Donuts, cookies and crackers
- Sodas, fruit juices and bottled teas
- Potato chips and tortilla chips
- All processed foods
Other Causes of Inflammation
In addition to eating the right foods and avoiding the dangerous foods listed above, there are other things you should be aware of that can trigger chronic inflammation in your body. For instance, you should avoid smoke, pesticides, allergens, dust, and herbicides because when your body is contaminated with these toxins, your body’s response is chronic inflammation.
And lastly, it’s important for you to get enough sleep and to avoid stress so your body can have the best chance at remaining healthy and avoiding chronic inflammation and other ailments.