As a personal trainer, food is an important aspect of my approach to full-body health. I work hard to help my clients to understand how what they eat affects how their body feels and what they can do to improve their daily lives by simply changing a few things in their diet. Today I want to talk about how you can use food to help to reduce inflammation which may be causing you to feel chronically ill and unable to exercise as you would like.
Personal Trainer Food Suggestions To Reduce Inflammation
Certain foods are more beneficial than others when it comes to reducing inflammation. Let’s look at a few examples of those foods.
As if we didn’t already know that leafy greens are good for us, here is yet another reason to grab a salad for lunch! What makes leafy greens a good choice? They are packed with plenty of vitamins and minerals and when eaten raw, support your body much more efficiently than manufactured foods. These vitamins and minerals are particularly well known for their anti-inflammatory properties and include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Alpha-linolenic acid
- Omega-3 fats
Not all nuts are created equal, but the following nuts have been proven beneficial for those people suffering from inflammatory conditions: almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and peanuts. These nuts are high in vitamin E and healthy fats that your body needs to function optimally. Nuts are also a great choice for a longer-lasting source of energy and a great source of fatty acids that your brain and body need to carry out necessary functions.
Tomatoes are another great source of anti-inflammatory ingredients including the phytochemical lycopene and vitamin C. Lycopene is an antioxidant that helps the body to prevent or slow the damage done to cells caused by free radicals. High doses of vitamin C have also recently been proven to cut inflammatory reactions in the body by as much as 45%!
Extra-virgin olive oil is also rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants like oleocanthal help to protect the body against free radical damage which, when it targets healthy cells, causes inflammation. So rich are the benefits of olive oil that many people have likened olive oil to ibuprofen and aspirin in terms of its impact on inflammation!
Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines are another great source of omega fatty acids that protect against cell damage from free radicals. Eating a six ounce serving of fatty fish two to four times a week can even significantly reduce pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis!
Do You Need Personal Trainer Food Help?
If you think that you could benefit from a personal trainer who can help you to better understand the food that goes into your body, I can help. Why not give me a call today at (727) 755-3485 so that we can set up a free training session and you can see how I can help you to discover a healthier you!