The Daily Commit: Ditch the Pain with These Healthy Foods

For the month of September, we’re here to help you recommit to your fitness and your wellness routines with The Daily Commit. Every day, we’ll share a simple task on Instagram for you to complete to pay off toward a bigger win at the end of the month—a focused, refreshed body, mind and space.   

Most of us are usually down to commit to ways to move more, but it doesn’t work in unison with what we’re eating, it all may fall by the wayside. 

The foods we eat have a huge impact on our mobility, daily function and inflammation. P.volve trainer and health coach Alexia rounded up her favorite foods to eliminate pain and promote anti-inflammatory properties. Read on to learn more about how each ingredient combats pain and how to incorporate each into your meals.  

Blueberries 

How they help: Packed with antioxidants, specifically anthocyanins that give them their beautiful deep blue color. Blueberries also turn off inflammatory and immune genes and add Vitamin C and reservatrol help decrease inflammatory free radicals. 

How to use: Add them to a salad as a colorful, fresh topping or frozen in a pre or post-P.volve smoothie.

Green tea 

How it helps: Catechins—specifically ECGC, found in green tea—are extremely powerful antioxidants. 

How to use: Pour some fresh green tea over ice and add a drop of stevia for a sweet, refreshing treat!

Ginger  

How it helps: Ginger contains gingerols, an antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-disease compound found to inhibit joint swelling and inflammation.

How to use: Boost your homemade salad dressing game by adding some freshly grated ginger. Mix ½ cup EVOO, 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp. honey, 2 tsp. grated ginger, 1/2 tsp. pink salt, fresh ground pepper.

Dark Chocolate 

How it helps: The antioxidants in cacao are a great anti-inflammatory snack.

How to use: Make sure to look for 70% cacao and steer clear of added sugars to get the most out of dark chocolate's benefits. For a post-dinner treat, nibble on two squares of dark chocolates with two Medjool dates.

Wild Salmon 

How it helps: Omega-3 fatty acids are king when it comes to reducing inflammation and wild salmon is chock full of them. The deeper pink the salmon, the better!  

How to use: Try cooking the salmon en papillote (all wrapped up together in parchment)  with your favorite greens and garnishes—a quick, easy, luxurious dinner! 

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