In our content-saturated culture, it seems every time you turn your head there’s a new diet or food pyramid that claims to be “the way to go” when it comes to prioritizing your health. While it can be overwhelming at times, the solution that works best for you is usually much less complex than it appears. A diet that includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and a combination of complex carbohydrates will supplement the average adult, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prioritize certain foods to help with certain conditions.
As we age, our joints gradually begin to become inflamed and arthritis can become a painful experience if not properly addressed. An anti-inflammatory way of eating follows what’s known as the Mediterranean diet, which is based on the traditional diet of people in areas bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Foods such as whole-grain bread, fatty fish, such as salmon or mackerel, and low-fat dairy products like yogurt can be excellent allies in the fight against inflammation.
In addition to combating arthritis and inflammation, some of the very same foods can also be staples of a heart-healthy diet.
· Garlic has a positive effect on blood pressure and is a favorite flavor for many.
· Cinnamon is a fragrant spice that may help to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It also enhances the sweetness of foods or beverages, making it a great choice for those trying to control the amount of sugar in their diet.
· Turmeric, an earthy, warm, and slightly bitter spice is an anti-inflammatory food, meaning that it reduces swelling and pain in the body. Turmeric is also high in antioxidants, which help keep cells healthy.
Again, remember that there is no miracle diet that will magically cure all ailments. But by making smart choices and having conversations with your primary doctor, choosing the foods that work best for you can be as easy as pie—in moderation.