This is the last of a two part article written by Holistic Health, Fitness and Lifestyle Coach​ Francesca Blechner​ that illustrates how stress and 'burning it off' in the gym can have serious negative effects on your body, mind and lifestyle. You can read Part 1 here to further understand how stress affects your body and what exercises can help​ ease inflammation. In this final part, we find out the best foods that prevent, reduce and fight inflammation.

Creating a healthy workout regime is one of the most important life hacks out there. However what they don't tell you is that overdoing it can sometimes lead to serious health issues, like developing inflammation caused by stress in the body. Inflammation can lead to serious physical problems, so to make sure you don't suffer from inflammation, take a look at these top foods that reduce, prevent and fight inflammation in the body.

The best anti inflammatory foods list

Ginger is anti inflammatory

1. Ginger

Rich in anti inflammatory properties, ginger is a great way to start the day. Simply juicing a chunk of ginger with 1/2 an apple and a squeeze of lemon in the morning has a whole bunch of different health benefits including relieving symptoms of asthma, hay fever and allergies to name a few.

Tumeric is anti inflammatory

2. Turmeric or curcumin

This spice is now touted as the new superfood even though it's been used for thousands of years in India for cooking thanks to its medicinal properties. It is the substance cur cumin that gives turmeric its powerful anti oxidant and anti inflammatory qualities. It has been shown to be one of the most important beneficial herbs in cancer treatment. You can add turmeric in your cooking or add a fresh chunk to a ginger and lemon shot during your day; or, why not jump on the band wagon and start making turmeric lattes for yourself? It's one of the best anti inflammatory hot drinks or tea around! Not only are they good for you, they're really delicious. Simply add a teaspoon to your milk of choice in a pan, gently heat with a pinch of cinnamon, 2 cardamon pods and some grated ginger.

Garlic is anti inflammatory

3. Garlic

Garlic is packed with anti oxidants that prevent and fight cold and flu. It also helps boost the immune system as the sulphur content give it its high anti inflammatory properties. Try adding a clove or two to any meal of your choice.

Oily fish and omega 3 are anti inflammatory

4. Wild caught oily fish 

Wild caught oily fish is packed with Omega 3 thanks to the algae and plankton that they eat in their natural habitat. They provide DHA (docosahexaenoic) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) which are vital for optimum human health. What's more, Omega 3s are natural anti inflammatories that support adrenal and brain function. Make sure to always opt for wild or line caught fish as opposed to farmed if you can. 

Coconut oil is anti inflammatory

5. Coconut oil

Coconut oil has so many health benefits. Swap your cooking oil for this instead as it's packed with anti fungal, anti bacterial and high anti inflammatory properties thanks to the content of lauric acid.

Spirulina is anti inflammatory

6. Spirulina and chlorella

You can’t go wrong with stress-busting super greens/algae, as they're high in antioxidants, immune boosters and plant protein and are also anti inflammatory. Add to your breakfast or morning smoothie to get your dose. 

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