10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods That Are Ridiculously Good for Your Health — And Surprisingly Delicious
Ah, winter. Why do you make me so tired? Sometimes, when we are stressed and eating a poor diet over a long period of time, the body can respond with chronic inflammation. Now normally, inflammation is a healthy response to injury — it's how we heal. But when it is a response to a diet that includes sweets and comfort carbs, inflammation can wreak havoc on your immune system. It causes our immune systems to work overtime, which in turn can cause fatigue, joint pain, and even damaged blood vessels.
This becomes especially true during the winter time. When it's cold outside, my days tend to be chock full of working late, eating too many take-out meals, and neglecting the gym. Yeah, maybe that's the reason for the sleepiness. Oops.
Instead of using unrealistic cleanses and diets to get back on track this new year, I have a different solution: calm your body down with foods that heal it! That way, your mind will be in a soothed, happy, energized place. I don't know about you, but it's much easier for me to exercise when I feel that way.
Add these 10 superstars to your diet slowly to fight inflammation and its energy-zapping side effects. These powerhouses should replace the culprit foods — like red meat, white sugar and flour, fried foods, and synthetic sweeteners found in packaged meals — that unnecessarily rev up the body's inflammatory response. With these foods in your fridge, you'll be a blissful babe by spring.