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April 02, 2018

Anyone who has suffered, or who is suffering with back pain, will not doubt have been told that inflammation is one of the key causes of pain. The food you eat can be a huge contributing factor to inflammation in the body. Avoiding all types of fast food, foods high in sugar, high-fat meats, saturated and trans fats, processed foods, and nitrates all contribute to inflammation in your body.

Eating whole foods is paramount to reducing inflammation so here is a quick reference to foods that are high in antioxidants and that combat inflammation.

Vegetables: bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, broccoli rabe, cauliflower, olives, onions, romaine lettuce, chard, collards, arugula, asparagus, bean sprouts, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, escarole, garlic, kale, leeks, cucumber, endive, green beans, mushrooms, spinach, sweet potatoes, zucchini, scallions, shallots.

Fruit: apples, avocados, cherries, plums, clementines, guavas, lemons, limes, oranges, papayas, honeydew melon, peaches, blueberries, cantaloupe, pears, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, kiwifruit, rhubarb, kumquats, tomatoes.

Animal proteins (preferably grass fed or wild): skinless and boneless chicken breast, turkey breast, anchovies, cod, halibut, herring, mackerel, oysters, rainbow trout, sablefish, salmon, sardines, shad, snapper, striped bass, tuna, whitefish

Nuts and seeds: hazelnuts, almonds, flaxseed, walnuts, sunflower seeds.

Oils: extra-virgin olive oil, extra-virgin coconut oil

Herbs and spices: 70 percent cocoa, ginger, oregano, turmeric

Drinks: green tea, ginger tea, red wine (one glass a day)