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Fight Inflammation from the Inside
October 17, 2013 - By Lisa Fallon Mindel CHHP, AADP
Inflammation is our bodys natural defense mechanism, our immune response system and our bodys way of trying to protect itself from stress, injury, cell damage, irritants and other toxins.
Our body wants to be healthy and in a state of balance. When its not, it goes into protection mode and starts to inflame. We all know what inflammation is on the outsidea sprained and swollen ankle, a cut that becomes red and infected, a feverbut what about our insides?
Inflammation can affect our organs and internal structure that manifests as weight gain, chronic pain, dementia, or zaps our vitality and diminishes our overall well-being.
Poor nutrition choices such as processed foods, sugar, meats, trans fats, and lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, smoking, stress and lack of sleep, are just a few reasons why many people are battling so many health issues.
Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and countless other illnesses have been linked to chronic low-grade inflammation.
The good news is that there are ways we can de-flame ourselves.
Lifestyle changes and a diet that includes anti-inflammatory foods can diminish this low-grade inferno and help to improve your body on the outside as well as the inside where it counts!
Extra Virgin Olive OilA healthier fat that will help reduce inflammation as well as protect the heart and blood vessels
TurmericThis Asian spice is a natural anti-inflammatory found in curries and is said to have the same effect as some over-the-counter pain relievers.
BlueberriesAs well as protecting the brain from aging and reducing inflammation, blueberries are also known to help prevent some cancers and the effects of dementia.
FlaxseedAntioxident, anti cancerous and anti inflammatory.
AvocadosRegulate blood pressure, have anti aging properties, and help prevent strokes, birth defects and cancer.
Green TeaGreen is always good, so it doesnt surprise me that this naturally de-flames and also is known to help reduce some forms of cancer, as well as giving some big antioxidant boosts.
Sweet PotatoesA colorful way to fight inflammation in the body, a great source of fiber and a healthy complex carbohydrate.
Dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetablesMy favorite way to de-flame: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower are all filled with antioxidants and detoxifiers. You cant ask for anything better.
Shiitake mushroomsAn anti-inflammatory delight with great immune-boosting properties.
INFLAMMATORY FOODS TO AVOID
Sugarespecially white refined
Trans fatsfried foods, fast food, partially hydrogenated oils, margarine, cheap vegetable oils
AlcoholYes, thats right!
Feed lot-raised meats, red meatmeats that are raised with hormones, antibiotics, etc.
Artificial foods and additives sugar substitutes such as Aspartame, MSG, food coloring.
Refined grainswhite rice, pasta, pastries, muffins, white bread, white flour.
By omitting these inflammatory foods and outside stressors you can help create a healthier, leaner and less inflamed body. You will not only start looking better on the outside but will start feeling better on the inside. Start de-flaming, and your body will be ever so thankful.
To your health!
Lisa Fallon Mindel, HHP, AADP, is a qualified holistic health and nutrition Coach as well as a model and triathlete. She counsels people on how to effectively reach their health, nutrition and wellness goals. With her personalized step-by-step program and support, reaching goals is enjoyable and lifelong. For more information: WholeBodyBeautiful.com.