Tag Archives: Anti-inflammatory

Everyone Should Drink This Daily

28 Apr
Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar (Photo credit: AndyRobertsPhotos)

What if I told you there is a miracle food that has been around for thousands of years that can ease the pain of your arthritis and make your skin glow? What if I told you that food was Apple Cider Vinegar?

My dad told about a relative of a coworker who was crippled by arthritis until she started drinking “shots” of vinegar each day. Her arthritis was no longer an issue for her and her skin was like a newborns. I had to look this up!

From my research I have learned that it is recommended to mix 2 Tablespoons of raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar into a glass of water and drink once or twice a day.

Here are some benefits listed on the blog, Eating Bird Food.

  • Rich in potassium, a mineral that is often times lacking in adult diets. This mineral is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity etc. It also helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses.
  • Rich in acetic acid. This acid is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
  • It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
  • It can help clear up skin conditions and blemishes.
  • Apple Cidar Vineger helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.

Also on Eating Bird Food, she has a daily Apple Cider Vinegar recipe that isn’t too bad. I just tried it this morning.

Daily Apple Pie Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons all natural apple juice
  • 6 ounces of cold water
  • 4 drops of vanilla liquid stevia (I used actual vanilla extract)
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1-2 cubes of ice (optional)

One more thing to note, if you try this, it has to be the raw, unfiltered version not the kind most of us probably have in our cupboards.

So, what do you think? Are you going to try this?

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Crazy About Kale

26 Nov

Back to the NBC Today article that I mentioned in my last post

Source: organicauthority.com via Tsahia on Pinterest

I noticed kale popped up in three categories so I figured it had to be a super inflammation fighter.

Here are some of the benefits of kale relating to arthritis excerpted from Fight Arthritis with these foods:

Vitamin C:  Vitamin C is one of the nutrients most responsible for the health of collagen, a major component of cartilage. If you have osteoarthritis, I wouldn’t want you to risk your health with supplements, so you should only get vitamin C from food sources — not from an individual supplement (100% of the Daily Value found in a standard multivitamin is fine, but avoid brands with larger amounts).

Some of the best foods for vitamin C: guava, sweet peppers (yellow/red/green), oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple, kohlrabi, papayas, lemons, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, kidney beans, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower, red cabbage, mangos, white potato (with skin) and mustard greens.

Carotenes: The carotenoids are a group of powerful antioxidant nutrients found in many fruits and vegetables. When it comes to arthritis, the carotenoid called beta-cryptoxanthin may reduce the risk of developing inflammation-related disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers from the United Kingdom found that adding just one additional serving each day of a food high in beta-cryptoxanthin helped reduce arthritis risk.

Some of the best foods for beta carotene include: sweet potato, carrots, kale, butternut squash, turnip greens, pumpkin, mustard greens, cantaloupe, sweet red pepper, apricots and spinach.

Some of the best foods for beta cryptoxanthin include: winter squash, pumpkin, persimmons, papaya, tangerines, red peppers, corn, oranges and apricots.

Bioflavonoids — quercetin and anthocyanidins:  The bioflavonoids quercetin and anthocyanidins are both forms of antioxidants. The anti-inflammatory effects of quercetin may seem to be similar to those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin and ibuprofen).

Some of the best foods for quercetin: onions (red, yellow, white), kale, leeks, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, blueberries, black currants, elderberries, lingonberries, cocoa powder, apricots and apples with skin (*Red Delicious).

I recently found kale salad in a box at the grocery store. It comes with shredded carrots and is perfect for lunch. I add some pears and goat cheese or strawberries and blue cheese with balsamic vinaigrette. The great thing about kale is you can dress it ahead of time with out it going soggy. So no need to bring a separate container of dressing to work for lunch.

Do you like kale? What’s your favorite way to eat it?