Say Bye to Inflammation and Hello to Healthy Recipes on Instagram!

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Emma Yasinski
Emma Yasinski Staff Writer

When viruses, bacteria and other foreign pathogens enter our bodies, our immune system fights back with inflammation — changes in blood flow and a rush of immune cells that allow it to locate and destroy the intruders. As long as the inflammation quickly retreats when it’s no longer needed, this natural process is paramount, and healthful. 

However, sometimes inflammation sticks around. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a variety of diseases, including some cancers and Alzheimer’s. It’s also a driving force in autoimmune diseases like Type 1 diabetes and lupus.

Such foods as sodas, sugars, highly processed carbohydrates and red meats can cause inflammation, while others like fruits, nuts and fish can ease it. Although eating only anti-inflammatory foods is unlikely to cure an autoimmune disease, or any other, the Arthritis Foundation says that for some patients, such as those with rheumatoid arthritis, it may help ease flare-ups. If you’re looking to add more anti-inflammatory foods to your diet, download MedShadow’s anti-inflammatory diet guide and also check out some of our favorite anti-inflammatory recipes, below, from Instagram.


Carrot-Ginger Soup

This orange soup gets some of its bright, warming flavor from spices like garlic, ginger and cinnamon, all of which have anti-inflammatory properties. Prefer a little more guidance on exact quantities? Check out this recipe.


Stuffed Peppers

What better way to get a full serving of fresh peppers than by stuffing them with your favorite meats and whole grains! Use both red and green peppers for a double dose of antioxidants. 

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

Put a bunch of healthy foods into a blender and hit that power button!

Lightened-Up Orange Chicken

This sweet-and-spicy takeout meal is often deep-fried and cooked with pro-inflammatory ingredients, such as sugar and flour. However, you can make an anti-inflammatory version at home by grilling the chicken and leaving out those two ingredients. As a bonus, this recipe calls for several anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric and ginger.


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Fresh Mussels and Clams

This shellfish recipe with simple, unprocessed ingredients will leave you feeling satisfied.


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Blueberry-Basil Smoothie

Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse and basil adds an extra punch of flavor as well as anti-inflammatory strength. 

Chicken and Mushroom Soup

You can mix a bunch of anti-inflammatory foods into a stew with chicken and mushrooms! Try adding ginger, garlic, or other types of peppers for more flavor and health benefits.

Raspberry-Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Antioxidants in raspberries and healthy fats in chia seeds are a great anti-inflammatory match in this seems-too-indulgent-to-be-this-healthy treat.


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