Why is it that you feel your muscle torn and aching by the time you are back home from your workout? Short term swelling and inflammation are what generally follows after such an episode, and it is considered as a natural response of the body healing itself. However, when the inflammation becomes chronic, that is where you have a cause for concern.
Surprisingly, the foods that we eat go a long way in deciding the extent and duration of inflammation—the trans fats in meats and dairy, and refined sugars are responsible for triggering the reaction.
This is why adopting a plant-based diet can help you to reverse the damage. Plant-based meals can help in boosting the recovery process and help reduce the discomfort that you experience.
Here are the foods that you must include in your plant-based meals to give you a fighting chance against rampant inflammation:
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
These are vegetables like kale, collard, spinach and arugula. All you need to do is to wash them, make a tahini paste and let them sit in it. You can stir fry the collard greens and spinach with onions and garlic, and toss in a handful of spices to give flavor and taste to the dish.
There are certain spices that have rich anti-inflammatory properties, such as ginger and turmeric. Both of these are inflammation-fighting powerhouses. You don’t need much of either of these—primarily due to their strong flavors—only a pinch of turmeric needs to be sprinkled over your dishes be it roasted veggies, scrambled chickpeas or soup. You only need to cut a sliver of ginger and add it to your dishes to benefit from it.
There are certain fruits that are rich in antioxidants like cherries, oranges, blueberries and strawberries. Keep them in the freezer and allow them to chill—they taste a whole lot better this way. Cut them up and add them to the blender to make frozen desserts when you want a non-dairy frozen yogurt-like dessert to satisfy your sweet cravings.
Have your daily intake of nuts like walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts. You can roast them slightly or even make nut butter. You can add these to your plant-based salads so as to add a creamy texture that rivals dairy butter.
With these inflammation-fighting foods on your plate, rest assured that you will be well-equipped for your fight against chronic inflammation.