Are you already feeling—and maybe even doing your best to ignore—the creaks and cracks and other signs of your body aging? Most of us don’t realize what’s happening until it suddenly starts revealing itself, but inflammationGot joint pain or repetitive strain injury? Check out this easy shake you can whip up in minutes to help. It's delicious and nutritious and it's ideal to take on the go. resides in our bodies in so many different ways. 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 do more than just lay low and get a massage to help us feel better. In fact, we can actually help ourselves by eating or even drinking our way out of inflammation. There are in fact many easy and delicious ways to help combat, manage and prevent this common problem. Just 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 inflammation-busting ingredients:

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

The Very Best Foods to Fight Inflammation

DID YOU KNOW? 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, just combine it with another powerhouse spice to kick it into gear: black pepper.  

DID YOU KNOW? 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 to be properly activated.


Got joint pain or repetitive strain injury? Check out this easy shake you can whip up in minutes to help. It’s delicious and nutritious and it’s ideal to take on the go.

Beat Inflammation Naturally: Bright Red Beet and Spice Smoothie

Serves 1


  • 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


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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