5 Anti-Inflammatory Drinks You Can Sip All Day Long

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11.19.2019 0 comments

Inflammation is one of the greatest threats to your health!

Did you know that inflammation is a sign of internal damage? Not just big damage like a broken bone, or a sprained ankle. We’re talking micro-damage, like tissue in your intestines being destroyed or your joints being slowly brown down by an auto-immune condition.

Low-grade inflammation is typically a sign of chronic health conditions, and it’s characterized by immune system markers in your blood. A number of diseases—everything from cancer to certain types of arthritis to digestive problems—can stem from inflammation that goes unchecked.

That’s why it’s so important to get inflammation under control!

Thankfully, you’ll find the best way to deal with inflammation can also be the tastiest: through food and beverages.

Many plants, fruits, and veggies contain anti-inflammatory chemicals and compounds that will help to reduce and eliminate low-grade inflammation. Mix them up into a delicious drink, and you’ve got an anti-inflammatory remedy you can sip all day long!

Here are some of our favorite anti-inflammatory drinks you can make and take wherever you go:

Berry Blast Smoothie

According to Harvard Medical School [1], berries are some of the best foods to fight inflammation in your body. It’s all thanks to the potent antioxidants and toxin-fighting compounds found in massive doses in berries like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

The antioxidants and polyphenols in berries make them excellent to help you combat inflammation. With a bit of Vitamin C-rich freshly squeezed orange juice as the base for this smoothie, you’ll find you have everything you need to get rid of inflammation and get your body back on track.

Recipe:

In a blender, combine the juice from 1 fresh-squeezed orange with two cups of frozen berries (of your choice). Try to use as many blueberries, Acai berries, Goji berries, and blackberries as possible, but raspberries and strawberries will be an equally flavorful choice.

Add ice, blend until smooth and chilled, and enjoy!

Ginger and Parsley Juice

This one’s definitely not for the faint of heart!

Parsley has a very strong flavor, but it’s also loaded with a potent compound called carnosol [2], which has shown promising results as both an anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agent. It can specifically target inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Ginger[3] is another amazing anti-inflammatory food. The antioxidant compounds it contains, such as zingerol, can help to reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, reducing the amount of inflammation caused by low-grade damage in your body. It can also aid in digestion and reduce muscle pain and soreness—what’s not to love?

Recipe:

Run one handful of parsley and 1 to 2 inches of ginger through your juicer. For flavor, run a single green apple through the juicer as well. Squeeze a whole lemon into the resulting juice, stir in ice to chill, and drink!

Cherry Pineapple Lemonade

Did you know that cherries are some of the best foods for reducing inflammation? They’re loaded with anthocyanins, antioxidants that will combat your body’s natural inflammatory response. Tart cherry juice will also speed up recovery time after a workout and prevent muscle soreness by reducing inflammation resulting from the low-grade damage caused by your workout.

Throwing pineapple into the mix just makes this drink all the more awesome! Pineapple is loaded with bromelain, which can help to reduce swelling, pain, and bruising following surgeries or resulting from injuries. This lemonade is guaranteed to do wonders for your body!

Recipe:

Mix up a cup of cherries in the blender with half a cup of cubed pineapple (frozen or fresh). Blend until smooth, add sparkling water and enjoy!

Lemon Turmeric Tonic

This one’s going to be an amazing choice for those who want to kick up their digestion a notch and combat low-grade inflammation in their intestines! The curcumin in turmeric [4] can reduce the body’s inflammatory response, reducing inflammatory cytokines. Not only that, but curcumin may also be effective at reducing the pain caused by inflammation in the joints (the result of MS and rheumatoid arthritis).

Plus, with lemon as the base of the drink, you know you’re getting a hefty dose of Vitamin C—another inflammation-fighting antioxidant!

Recipe:

Squeeze four lemons into one liter of water, stir in two tablespoons of turmeric, one tablespoon of honey or maple syrup, and half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. This tonic will do wonders to reduce inflammation and improve digestion drastically!

Bone Broth

Go savory instead of sweet, and your body will thank you!

Bone broth is loaded with collagen, as well as amino acids like glycine and arginine [5] that can help to reduce inflammation. Chicken and beef bone broth, in particular, are rich in those anti-inflammatory compounds your body needs to fight inflammation.

Brew up a batch of the delicious bone broth below, pack it in a thermos, and bring it to work as your healthy midmorning or mid-afternoon savory snack. It’ll fill you up, improve digestion, and leave you a whole lot healthier in the process!

Recipe:

Throw the bones of three whole chickens into a slow cooker, along with one onion, two stalks of celery, two carrots (diced), a gallon of water, and a tablespoon of vinegar. A bit of salt, pepper, bay leaves, and chili pepper flakes, and you’re ready to cook! Set it on low heat and simmer for up to 48 hours. Skim the fat from the broth occasionally. When it’s ready, discard all the solids and strain it until only the broth remains. The result is delicious and extremely good for your health!

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Resources:

[1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3070765/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665023/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535097/

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12589194

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