To follow a varied and balanced diet, make sure you eat anti-inflammatory foods. If inflammation is under control you’ll feel better and find it easier to lose weight and reduce belly fat.
See foods that help:
1. Fruits and vegetables
All types of fruits and vegetables are rich in fibers and antioxidants. You should be eating them in profusion every day. The essential thing is to buy fresh, colourful, and in season vegetables.
2. Legumes and wholegrain cereals
They control the insulin response; insulin resistance is connected to the increase of the body general inflammation. According to a study carried out by Pennsylvania University, consuming wholegrain cereals helps reducing body fat and improving your health.
3. Monounsaturated fats
They protect your heart, maintain the level of the so-called bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and reduce general inflammation. Foods rich in monounsaturated fats are Extra virgin olive oil, walnuts, and avocado.
A diet based on a high percentage of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation. An interesting study conducted by a team of researchers from Taiwan that was issued by the European Journal of Nutrition, attested that consuming almonds balances the triglyceride level and reduces the inflammatory cytokine level. Other foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids are walnuts, and Alaska wild salmon fish.
5. Spices and herbs
Don’t save up on thyme, oregano, mint, curry, ginger, cinnamon while you cook, even if the anti-inflammatory spice par excellence is turmeric.
6. Green tea
It is considered a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory drink and the antioxidant substances it contains activate metabolism. Thanks to its EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) polyphenols green tea can effectively burn fats.
It is a well-known fact that water extinguishes fire. Body hydration is essential to cleanse the toxins that cause inflammation. It is advisable to drink from 1.2 to 2 liters of water per day, depending on the season, the physical activity you do, and your average liquid consumption through fruits and vegetables.