AVOCADOS-The anti inflammatory fruit!

EAT MORE GUACAMOLE!!

It’s actually very good for your aches and pains! Avocados are a great source of healthy unsaturated fat and antioxidants. Research shows that avocados reduce inflammation, blood sugar, and cholesterol and lessen the pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. They’re even a great replacement for oils and fats—use mashed avocado wherever you’d typically spread butter or mayo.  One of my favorites is avocado toast, so yummy! I found some restaurants in Charlotte serving avocado toast for brunch. Yay!

Inflammation has become an absolute epidemic. Thanks to increasingly high stress levels and an over-reliance on processed foods, many of us are plagued with chronic inflammation—everything from acne to allergies, intestinal issues, neurological disorders, autoimmune diseases, and joint pain.

The anti-inflammatory properties of avocados are so strong that they may actually offset less healthy food choices. A 2013 study in the journal Food & Function looked at the amount of inflammation that followed eating a hamburger with and without the addition of avocado. Researchers found that eating the hamburger with about 2 ounces of avocado limited the inflammatory response seen after eating the hamburger alone. So add slices to sandwiches or add a few chunks to your next salad or smoothie for a healthy snack.

There are other foods and spices you can add to your diet to offset inflammation: Pineapple (contains bromelain enzyme extract), turmeric, ginger extract, and papain enzyme found in papayas to name a few.

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