If you are someone who suffers from inflammation, you probably have heard lots of advice -- build up your strength, avoid this, do more of that. At Quanta, our products are packed with natural ingredients and customers tell us it helps provide relief from many types of pain. However, while we want to help you address the pain, we also are big proponents of thinking holistically and your diet is a natural place to start.
What we eat (and choose not to eat) is a key component in making sure we have a healthy body that works properly and maintains longevity. So knowing that, what kind of adjustments can we make to our diets to reduce inflammation and increase longevity? We talked with our friends over at Caveman Foods to get their perspective because we know they share our passion for this area. Spoiler: they have a special offer for our customers at the bottom of this page.
1) Reduce added sugar
This might seem like a no-brainer - apart from promoting inflammation in your gut, too much added sugar in your diet can wreak some serious havoc on your body. Too much sugar can lead to long-term risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers. The short-term effects are also worth noting if you suffer from inflammation - for example, too much sugar is associated with heightened levels of a protein called “hs-CRP,” a protein that can be detected in the blood when there is inflammation in the body. Knowing this, removing excessive sugar from your diet is an easy step and if you need new snacks to replace your old sugary options, try reaching for a Caveman nutrition or protein bar. All of their products are made with a minimal added sugar and are deliciously healthy. Your body will thank you for this one! Learn more about sugar and inflammation at Healthline.
2) Limit grains
A staple in your diet that may be causing inflammation and other symptoms is grains. If you have been diagnosed with Celiac disease, IBS, or other autoimmune conditions, you probably are already aware of how problematic grains can be for you. Substances in grains that can cause inflammation for individuals are phytic acids, which can prevent digestion and nutrient absorption from your food, and lectins, a form of natural insecticide that can be present in more heavily genetically-modified grains. Fortunately, in the past few years, going grain free has become more delicious. Look for snacks that are free of grains and GMOs - our new favorite grain free breakfast is Grain-Free Granola with nut milk.
3) Add in Anti-Inflammatory Foods
While removing things from your diet can aid in fighting inflammation in your body, making an effort to add in certain foods can be very beneficial as well. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids such as fish (think salmon or mackerel) and vegetables like broccoli and avocado. Other foods & spices can be helpful in reducing inflammation - our kitchens are stocked with extra virgin olive oil, turmeric, mushrooms, and even green tea, all of which contain antioxidants and other nutrients that contribute to lowering inflammation and boosting your natural immune function.
4) Try Some Collagen
After getting your diet in order, supplements can be the next step in reducing inflammation. One supplement that can be extremely beneficial is collagen, a type of protein that is present in your joints and connective tissue. Foods like fish, fruits, eggs, and broths are high in collagen; there are also a number of collagen supplements on the market from coffee creamers to collagen protein bars. Our pro tip: try preparing your food with bone broth to get an extra dose of collagen.
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To review... while exercise and lifestyle changes can be extremely helpful in targeting inflammation, adjustments to your diet are often the hidden secret to reducing inflammation. As always, before making changes to your lifestyle, you should always consult your doctor or nutritionist. And make sure you are doing what is safe for you! That being said, if you follow the tips mentioned herein, we hope some of your inflammation is reduced.