Healing Anti-Inflammatory Food List [PDF]

Healing Anti-Inflammatory Food List [PDF]

Healing Anti-Inflammatory Food List [PDF]

Shockingly, chronic inflammatory diseases are the most common cause of death in the world.

Worldwide, three out of five people die due to chronic inflammatory diseases like stroke, heart disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes.

The good news? You can fight inflammation. A great way to do it is to choose eating anti-inflammatory foods. Find a printable anti-inflammatory foods list in this blog post.

What is Chronic Inflammation?

Inflammation is a vital part of the body’s immune response. It helps you heal from injury and protects you from foreign invaders, like bacteria and viruses.

However, when inflammation persists even after the threat is gone, that’s when it becomes a chronic problem, and it can last months or even years. With chronic inflammation, the immune process continues on and on, damaging tissues and causing problems like pain, swelling, redness, heat, and loss of function.

Chronic inflammation has been linked to some of the world’s most serious diseases, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.

Certain lifestyle factors have been proven to contribute to chronic inflammation, including smoking tobacco, eating an unhealthy diet, being overweight or obese, not getting enough exercise, and having high levels of stress.

Anti-Inflammatory Food List PDF

Foods That Fight Inflammation

Anti-inflammatory foods are always unprocessed and low in sugar. However, some can surprise you! For example, some think of carrots as high in sugar. However, they make this list because they are a good source of beta carotene and also contain the antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein.

This list does not include foods with gluten, as it might cause inflammation in some people.

Cruciferous vegetablesBroccoli, Brussels sprouts, red and green cabbage, and cauliflower
Leafy green vegetablesArugula, collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and Swiss chard
Deep yellow or orange vegetablesAcorn squash, butternut squash, carrots, orange and yellow bell peppers, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes
Other vegetablesMushrooms, tomatoes
FruitApples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, grapes, pineapple, strawberries, oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, peaches, plums, pomegranates, raspberries, and watermelon
ProteinLean turkey, chicken, and fatty fish (salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel)
LegumesNavy beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, and other dry beans; also, chickpeas, green peas, lima beans, and lentils
Whole GrainsGluten-free oats, buckwheat*, millet, quinoa, brown and wild rice
Nuts and SeedsAlmonds, cashews, chia seeds, hazelnuts, hemp seeds, pecans, walnuts, and flaxseed
Healthy FatsAvocados, avocado oil, coconut oil, MCT oil, extra virgin olive oil
Herbs and SpicesCinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger, garlic, cayenne, black pepper, basil, oregano, cumin, thyme, clove, and cinnamon
TeaGreen and herbal tea
ChocolateDark chocolate (unsweetened)

*Despite having the name wheat, buckwheat is gluten-free.

Foods That Cause Inflammation

Did you know that there are some foods that can trigger inflammation in the body?

Certain foods have been linked to chronic inflammation, including gluten, sugar, processed foods, and unhealthy fats. So if you’re looking to reduce your risk of chronic inflammation, it’s important to be aware of these foods and avoid them as much as possible.

Sugary DrinksSoda, cola, fruit drinks and punches, lemonade, energy drinks, and other drinks with added sugar
DessertsBrownies, candy, cake, ice cream, cookies, pies, and other desserts
Breakfast BreadPastries, doughnuts, croissants, sugary cereal bars, and sweet rolls
Refined CarbohydratesWhite pasta, white bread, white flour, sugary breakfast cereals, pastries, and pizza
Processed MeatsSausage, deli meats, hot dogs, hamburgers, and other processed meats
Processed SnacksBeef jerky, pretzels, chips, crackers, tortilla chips, and sandwich crackers
Fast FoodsAll types of fast food and takeout food
OilsProcessed seed oils and vegetable oils, safflower oil
Trans FatsProducts with partially hydrogenated oils, including commercial baked goods such as cakes, cookies, and pies; shortening, fried foods, and some margarine
AlcoholWine, beer, spirits, cocktails, and especially alcohol mixed with sugar

The Nutrition Index Score

A new ranking system developed by a nutritional epidemiologist, the nutrition index gives food categories a score based on their inflammatory or anti-inflammatory properties.

This is interesting because it means that you can now compare different foods based on their ability to cause or reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatory foods have negative numbers, while inflammatory foods have positive numbers.

Most of the foods analyzed came without a surprise. Added sugars have a score of 0.56, and processed meats have a score of 0.68. In contrast, tomatoes have a score of -0.78, and apples and berries -.65.

More interestingly, poultry has a better anti-inflammatory score of -0.45 than fish, -0.08.

Anti-Inflammatory Recipes

Are you looking for meal ideas that include anti-inflammatory foods?

We have gathered recipes packed with nutrients that can help fight inflammation, and they’re also delicious and easy to make. If you’re looking for a way to improve your health and reduce inflammation, give these recipes a try.

Turmeric Oatmeal

Salmon Salad

Turmeric Salad Dressing

Avocado Smoothie

Do you want a 3-day menu including recipes? Get it here


Is gluten inflammatory?

There is some debate over whether gluten actually causes inflammation in the body or if it’s just a scapegoat for people who are intolerant to it. However, there is evidence that suggests gluten can have an inflammatory effect on some people.

Is dairy inflammatory?

Dairy products are inflammatory for those with a milk allergy. However, there is research suggesting that for people without an allergy, dairy products could help fight inflammation. Go figure!

But more research is needed for there to be enough evidence to make a determination.

Other Lifestyle Factors That Fight Inflammation

Achieve or Maintain a Healthy Weight

It’s well known that fat tissue in obese and overweight people induces chronic inflammation. So, one of the best things you can do to reduce inflammation is to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

Sleep More


Allow time for the body to regenerate itself. A good night’s sleep is vital for many aspects of health, and that includes reducing inflammation.

Sleep deprivation can also raise blood pressure, which may cause cells in blood vessel wall membranes to become inflamed.

Furthermore, a lack of sleep can also change the body’s stress response system.

Stress Less

When you are stressed, physically or emotionally, your body goes into a fight-or-flight response. The brain sends signals to the endocrine system to release adrenaline and cortisol to help you deal with the problem.

However, when the stress is chronic, the endocrine system becomes disordered, leading to chronic inflammation.

The Bottom Line

The anti-inflammatory food list provides a comprehensive overview of the best foods to eat if your aim is to reduce inflammation in your body.

There are several lifestyle factors that can also help fight inflammation, such as maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, and reducing stress levels.

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