Are you feeling bloated and have stomach aches (or worse) constantly? You could very likely be experiencing inflammation due to your diet. Are you super sore after workouts and find yourself trying to go the extra mile beyond hydration and stretching to ease your pain? Looking to what you’re eating (and not eating) can help these problems.

Some foods and ingredients in packaged items are extremely irritating to your digestive tissue, while others are amazing for reversing this inflammation throughout the body. Let’s go through some great foods to add to your diet that can help you on this front. We recommend that, in addition to using these medicinally, to be proactive about removing foods and avoiding habits that CAUSE inflammation. All in all this comes down to what you are putting in your body. You are what you eat. If you eat WHOLE foods you are going to feel a WHOLE lot better.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

When you snag a bottle of raw, organic apple cider vinegar, you are treating yourself to a powerhouse of aid for digestion and a great source of probiotics that boost your immune system. When combined, these can help your body process toxins, keep your energy levels up and treat your digestive inflammation. Check out How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Ramp Up Your Vegan Cooking.

Aloe Vera

Another great source for treating this type of inflammation after the fact is aloe. Known for its ability to soothe skin inflammation, it also does the same for the lining of your digestive system.

Turmeric

This lovely tuber works by blocking one of your body’s triggers of inflammation, thus sparing you some pain while your body digests food and processes toxins.

Fresh Fruits, Veggies and Greens!

Berries have been shown to aid in reducing joint, muscle, and intestinal inflammation. Cooked tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which helps reduce inflammation through the body as well. Dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens contain vitamin E  – a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent this digestive inflammation. Vitamins A and C can help in the same way. Grab some sweet potatoes, beets, red bell peppers, and citrus when they are in season.

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Whole Grains

Whole grains have higher levels of fiber, which helps move food through your digestive system. Refined grains are just going to add to bloating because your body is being held up from removing waste. Wheat gluten has received a ton of press over the past few years. Most people can digest it fine, but many are very sensitive to it. If you believe that you may be sensitive, then try whole grains like quinoa, brown rice or faux grains such as buckwheat groats or millet. Chcek out these other health benefits of whole grains along with recipes.

Healthier Fats

Unrefined oils such virgin, cold-pressed coconut and olive oils, as well as nuts and seeds offer fatty acids that are easily digestible. They also offer anti-oxidants that prevent inflammation.

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