Even when following a low carbohydrate diet, there are a number of super foods that are not only recommended for weight loss, but are also highly anti-inflammatory!
Diet and lifestyle play an important role in pushing our bodies into an inflammatory state. A great reason to avoid eating foods that contribute to weight gain – such as sugar, refined carbohydrates, saturated and trans fats and alcohol – is that these foods also negatively contribute to inflammatory diseases such as heart disease arthritis and asthma. In addition, many believe inflammation to be the culprit behind the visible signs of ageing.
Gert Coetzee, pharmacist and founder of ‘The Diet Everyone Talks About’, advises on some top foods we should all be adding to our daily diet:
Potassium helps flush toxins from the body and celery is a superb source of potassium.
Celery has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities that assist in improving high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
This super veg also contains high levels of potassium and magnesium. Low levels of magnesium are believed to contribute to inflammatory conditions in the body.
This tasty and versatile veg is key in improving our chances at weight loss and inflammation. One cup of the simple green has a wide range of nutrients thought to assist in inflammation – such as Vitamins A, B6, C, E and K as well as manganese, chromium and folate.
4. Omega 3
The best sources of omega 3 fish are salmon, tuna, sardines, herring and anchovies.
5. Pistachios and almonds
On a low-carb diet, eat these in moderation and as a satisfying snack. Nuts contain substantial amounts of fibre and fibre, unlike sugar and starch, doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels. In addition, nuts are jam-packed with inflammation-fighting monounsaturated fat.
Not only does a low-carbohydrate lifestyle lead to weight loss, but eating these recommended foods will significantly contribute to improving inflammation in your body.
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