This blog is written by our office manager, Carley
A natural anti-inflammatory that contains antioxidants that breaks down acidity and inflammation in the joints. When eaten daily, people experience improvements with pain and swelling. Ginger is also great for easing nausea and upset stomach. The recommended dosage is approximately 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried ginger per day.
Another natural anti-inflammatory that also improves circulation. The active ingredient curcumin, lowers enzymes (neutrophil elastase + 1 antitrypsin) that cause inflammation and imbalance. Curcumin is best absorbed by the body when ingested with black pepper. Turmeric is used to help arthritis, heartburn, and minor upset stomach. Can be ingested by drinking tea or when seasoning food.
Soothing for inflammation and indigestion. Contains rosmarinic acid, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Mint also contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant. Peppermint and spearmint leaves can be used in tea, smoothies, and daily meals. Mint helps with digestive complications, cramps, nausea, and sore throat.
Considered one of the top “super foods”! Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acid, which is great for reducing inflammation and blood clotting. Omega-3 fatty acid also positively contributes to cholesterol levels, brain function, mood, memory, and joint mobility. The weekly recommended serving is 2 servings per week.
Tart cherries contain high levels of anthocyanins, which is found in the dark skin of red/purple fruits. It contains strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Cherries can counter oxidative stress, assist with muscle recovery, and support sleep and brain health. You can find these same benefits in other fruit like blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, and plums.
Containing the enzyme mixture bromelain, pineapple is used to reduce inflammation and calm indigestion. Bromelain is found in the stem and juice of fresh pineapple. For any therapeutic effect fresh pineapple is recommended over canned pineapple, as the bromelain level is much higher. Pineapple helps improve symptoms of osteoarthritis, and support muscle recovery.
Papain is a strong enzyme that can only be found in papaya. It combats swelling, fluid retention, and is used as a digestive aid. Papain is so powerful that injections have been made to assist with back pain/herniated disks. Staying on top of chiropractic maintenance will help reduce the risk of such conditions or need for injections. Eating half a small papaya per day is recommended. They are high in fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Containing the compound capsaicin, hot peppers hold properties to reduce pain signals in the body, and are also a great decongestant. Can be ingested on their own, through cooking, or applied topically. The best hot peppers are chili, cayenne, and jalapeno. Bell peppers do not produce capsaicin, and do not offer the same benefit.