Natural Ways to Fight Inflammation

WRITTEN BY: CASSIDY ARMBRUSTER

Inflammation in your body can be uncomfortable, disrupting your routines and interfering with daily life. Inflammation is your body’s way of fighting disease, infection and/or injury. Your body’s inflammatory response causes an increase in white blood cells and a release of other substances that protect your body from viruses and infections. 

This response results in swelling. An inflammatory response in your body can happen for a plethora of reasons such as an injury, an autoimmune disorder, an infection, stress, trauma, poor diet... the list goes on! A typical inflammatory response is normally exactly what your body needs, but chronic inflammation leads to weight gain, disorders, and potential diseases.

There are a variety of natural ways to reduce inflammation, most of which revolve around maintaining a healthy diet rich in substances like antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), phenols and so on. 

Those with inflammatory issues know that the reduction of inflammation significantly improves your quality of life. The fastest and healthiest known ways to naturally reduce inflammation through a great diet are documented here for your benefit!

1. Anti-Inflammatory Fish
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Sardines

These fish are full of proteins and omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in reducing inflammation and in protecting your heart. It’s recommended to eat 3 to 6-ounce servings of these fish three to four times a week to get the job done! Summertime is around the corner, and there is nothing better than a Mediterranean meal with these fatty fish!

2. Anti-Inflammatory Greens

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Collards

Leafy greens may not be your family’s favorite side dish on the table, but they are full of vitamins that are proven to reduce inflammation. Much like the fish mentioned above, these greens are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation. To add to your family’s dismay, iceberg lettuce was not included on the list of anti-inflammatory greens, as it’s the darker greens that tend to provide the most nutrients.  

3. Anti-Inflammatory Spices
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Rosemary

Within the Turmeric spice is CURCUMIN, a component that is proven to reduce inflammation. Research goes as far as to indicate that CURCUMIN improves symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and decreases the risk of certain diseases. The problem with CURCUMIN is that it is difficult for the body to absorb without black pepper, which is why CURCUMIN supplements or ZYN beverages are recommended over trying to incorporate Turmeric in the diet through meals like curry. Add rosemary to your chicken dish and ginger to your tea or salad to incorporate anti-inflammatory spices into your diet!

4. Anti-Inflammatory Fruits
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries

You probably already eat these fruits and weren’t aware of the benefits they may have! Small fruits like berries are packed with fiber, minerals and antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory components. Oranges are also delicious and easy to mix into your diet every morning through a fresh glass of natural orange juice!

5. Anti-Inflammatory Drinks
  • Green Tea
  • Coffee 
  • ZYN drinks

These drinks have inflammatory powers, which might come as a shocker to you! Green tea is the universally known “healthy tea” as it provides a number of health benefits, one of which being that it is an anti-inflammatory beverage. Much to your benefit, research from Harvard Medical School indicates that your morning coffee routine just might be aiding in reducing your body’s inflammation due to the polyphenols and other compounds it contains. Finally, ZYN’s drinks, rich in CURCUMIN, are just what your body might need to reduce your inflammation and boost your energy levels.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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