"When walking, walk. When eating, eat."
Rather than only focusing mainly on what you should not be eating, it is very empowering & healing to instead, turn your focus to what you can eat to support your healing, health, & wellness. When you add nutrient dense anti-inflammatory &/or anti-histamine foods to your diet, it will help you to heal from conditions that are caused by chronic & excessive inflammation, allergies, sensitivities, & histamine intolerance.
Tumeric is both a natural anti histamine & is very anti inflammatory. It is an overall superfood.
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant & has a tough brown skin & deep orange flesh. Turmeric has a peppery, warm & bitter flavor, with a mild fragrance that is similar to oranges & ginger. Turmeric has long been considered a powerful healing, medicinal food, that has long been used in the Chinese & Indian healing systems as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions. The primary healing ingredient in tumeric is curcumin, which is a curcuminoid. Curcumin is what provides turmeric its yellow color.
Garlic is a potent anti-inflammatory food
Garlic (Allium sativum), is an herb that belongs to the onion genus Allium. It is closely related to the onion, chive, leek, shallot, & rakkyo. Garlic has been used for 1000's of years for both culinary & healing purposes.
Garlic is a holistic immune system boosting herb. It is antiviral, antifungal, & also a potent antibacterial.
Ginger is both a powerful natural anti histamine & is extremely anti inflammatory.
Ginger is an ancient & revered medicinal food. The Indian healing system of Ayurveda affords ginger the status of "virtual medicine chest". Ginger has the ability to substantially reduce inflammation. Inflammation is the body's natural healing response to an injury or illness. Inflammation is intended to protect the body as it is healing & should subside as the body heals. Problems occur when the inflammation rather than going away, becomes a chronic condition.
Holy Basil is a true superfood. It is both an antihistamine & an antiinflammatory. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) is a member of the mint family. It is a powerful healing herb that is native to the Indian continent. Holy Basil is often referred to as Tulsi. The Hindu religion considers Tulsi to be sacred & is very highly regarded. The Indian healing system of Ayurveda considers Tulsi to be one of it's foundational & most important plants. If you were to travel to India & go a Hindu Temple, you would find holy basil growing in abundance. Red Onions are both anti-inflammatory & anti-histamine foods.
Onions contain very high amounts of phytonutrients, including polyphenols, disease-protecting flavonoids, & ttannins. Onions are are one of the most polyphenol-packed foods you can eat. A study done at Cornell University, found that red onions have the highest concentration of flavonoids in their outer layers. These flavonoids can help to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, allergies, autoimmune challenges, & diabetes. Red onions also contain high amounts of the flavonol quercetin, which is a very powerful brain & memory enhancing micronutrient.
Sweet potatoes are a very tasty anti-histamine food & anti-inflammatory food.
Sweet potatoes are a highly nutrtious food, that belongs to the Convolvulaceae family & is referred to as Ipomoea batatas. They are both anti-histamine & anti-inflammatory. Sweet potatoes contain a diverse range of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients & antioxidants. They contain large amounts of Vitamin D, which has an important role in your energy levels, moods, immune function, healthy nerves, bones, skin, & teeth. Sweet potatoes have also been shown to support cardiovascular health.
There are so many spices that are anti-inflammatory, &/or anti-histamine in nature. Basil has been found to be a potent anti-inflammatory. Parsley, in particular Italian Parsley is a natural anti-histamine & also helps to stabalize the mast cells. Cilantro/Coriander is a natural analgesic & anti-inflammatory herb. Thyme is both anti-inflammatoy & anti-histamine in nature. Chamomille is both calming & is rich in anti-histamine properties. Oregano is a natural antibiotic & a has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Fennel is loaded with quercitin, which makes it a very powerful anti-histamine. Adding fresh fruits to your diet can be a very powerful way to provide you body with powerful anti-histamine, & anti-inflammatory support. Fresh berries are a wonderful way to add anti-inflammatory healing to your diet. Apples are filled with anti-inflammatory flavonoids & carotenoids. Pomegranates contain ample amounts of ellagic acid, which is a potent anti-inflammatory. Plums, peaches, & nectarines appear to have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, & anti-diabetic attributes. Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, & tangerines, have been shown to both reduce your risk of a stroke & are highly anti-inflammatory. Healthy, naturally processed oils are a wonderful way to add powerful anti-inflammatory protection to your diet Olive oil is able to provide anti-inflammatory support on the genetic & cellular level. Sesame Oil has many therapeutic effects, including its powerful anti-inflammatory capacities. Coconut oil has been shown to reduce oxidative cellular stress, have analgesic, anti-inflammatory & fever-reducing abilities. Adding vegetables, greens, & roots to your diet will provide you with a powerhouse of anti-histamine & anti-inflammatory healing. Artichokes are a tasty & unique anti-inflammatory vegetable. Broccoli is a true superfood & is a particularily rich source of the flavnoid kaempferol, which is why it is such a potent anti-inflammatory. Red Cabbage, besides being yummy, reduces oxidative stress & is highly anti-inflammatory. Cauliflower is considered a strong nutritional preventative, detoxifier, & powerful anti-inflammatory. Red Peppers, both mild & hot, contain large amounts of capsaicinoids, which are anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-cancer, & very heart healthy. There are many grains & grain substitutes that are have anti-histamine & anti-inflammatory traits. Amaranth is a grain subsititute that is very high in phytosterols, which makes it both anti-inflammatory & heart protective. Buckwheat is tasty & filling grain substitute that is filled with anti-allergic compounds. Quinoa has abundant amounts of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Wild Rice is a good choice to add anti-inflammatory protection to your diet.
Written by Pamela S. Robinson
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