Are you already feeling—or doing your best to ignore—the creaks and cracks and other signs of aging? Most of us don’t realize what’s happening until it suddenly starts revealing itself, but inflammation resides in our bodies in so many different ways. Usually, we notice it affecting our joints, skin, muscles and digestive systems in the form of mysterious aches and pains. The great news is that we can actually eat our way out of inflammation. Luckily, there are many easy and delicious ways to help combat, manage and prevent this common problem. Open your fridge or pantry and you can bet there are many foods already in there that contain natural anti-inflammatory properties. For starters, check for these common ingredients:

  • almonds
  • berries
  • oily fish
  • coconut oil
  • greens
  • avocados
  • beets
  • most spices, particularly turmeric and ginger

Insider Tip: Turmeric’s effective anti-inflammatory properties have been supported by many clinical studies as well as traditional Chinese medicine. To benefit from its active component, you need to combine it with another powerhouse spice to kick it into gear: black pepper.  

The Very Best Foods to Fight Inflammation

I’m no stranger to joint pain and repetitive strain injury, and so I set out to create an easy shake that I can whiz up in a matter of minutes to help. This one is delicious and nutritious and it’s ideal to take on the go.

Insider Tip: In order to make it easier to absorb turmeric into the body and bloodstream, always use a healthy fat like ghee or coconut oil with it. Turmeric is fat soluble and also benefits from heat in order for the curcumin to be properly activated.

DRINK UP: SPICE-FILLED ANTI-INFLAMMATORY BEET SMOOTHIE

Beat Inflammation Naturally: Bright Red Beet and Spice Smoothie

Serves 1

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 cup  Almond Milk (unsweetened)

1/2  medium beet, peeled and grated

1/2 Frozen banana

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1/2 tsp Spice Sanctuary Alleppey Turmeric

6 twists of Spice Sanctuary Peppermill Pizzazz freshly ground or 1/4 tsp manually ground  (contains coriander and allspice and three different types of pepper, all of which are known to help against inflammation)

a pinch Spice Sanctuary Nutmeg, Ground 1/2 tsp

Rose Water

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

1. Put the almond milk, grated beetroot and banana into a blender and process until smooth.

2. Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil and mix in the turmeric and black pepper before adding into the blender. Add the nutmeg and rose water and give the shake one last whizz. Rose Water is cooling and it adds a subtle exotic complement to the other ingredients.

3. Enjoy immediately or take it with you on the go and give it a good shake before sipping on this healthily sweet yet exotic addictive shake!

To learn more about the quality and benefit of spices or for some new recipe ideas, check out spicesanctuary

About the author

Trusha Patel

Trusha Patel is an investment banking lawyer turned Canada’s Spice Queen™ and owner of Canada's most premium organic spice company, Spice Sanctuary. A regular featured expert on CTV Morning Live and Global Morning, Trusha is also a travel addict and a foodie who loves developing her own recipes, reads cookbooks like novels and is always snapping food photos when no one is looking.

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