Food and Herbs to Help With Inflammation
Inflammation is a common complaint among seniors, which can be uncomfortable and lead to arthritis. However, there are some food and nutrients that are able to help with inflammation, including the ones listed here.
A food that is really good for all seniors is fish. Unless you are vegetarian or vegan, you should definitely be eating fish on a regular basis. Try to aim for 3-4 times a week either with lunch or dinner. You can even make a morning whole grain bagel with cream cheese and salmon on top for a super healthy breakfast that helps to fight inflammation. The reason fish is so important for inflammation is because of the omega-3 fatty acids. These will help to reduce your arthritis pain and can even reduce your risk for heart disease. Try to eat fish like mackerel, tuna, and salmon, and it has a high omega-3 fatty acid content.
As far as herbs are concerned, it is hard to beat what turmeric can do for you. This is a type of herb often used in Chinese medicine, but that is now used all over the world. It is incredibly beneficial for your inflammation and immune system for starters. However, it also provides a ton of other health benefits, including being an antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal. It has known to help with conditions that often plague seniors, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and diabetes. Turmeric is very easy to add to your infused water, juice, or smoothies, or to various food recipes.
You also want to have a good amount of whole grains, as these can also help with your inflammation. This means ditching your white bread and bagels, and switching to whole grain varieties. These not only fight inflammation, but they offer more health benefits, including being high in fiber and lower in fat. Many whole grain breads also don’t have high-fructose corn syrup or other preservatives.
Another herb to add to your regular diet is basil. This is so easy to add to juices, smoothies, and recipes, as it has a mild flavor and goes with just about anything. Any time you make a casserole or pasta dish, sprinkle some basil in there, and you will be helping with your inflammation. You can try dried basil or eat it fresh.
One of the best vegetables you can consume for overall health is your dark, leafy greens, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, and kale. These greens are nutritious, fight inflammation, and extremely low in fat and calories. Try making a green juice in the morning, having a nice salad at lunch, or add them to your egg scramble or omelet.
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