Grab one of these anti-inflammatory recipes to keep your body healthy and balanced.
You may have heard the term anti-inflammatory, and you certainly have seen those words here on Tasting Page, but do you know what it really means? I want to spell it out because I fear the words can get caught up in the swell of buzz-worthy lingo, which means it can be quickly discarded as a fad. So I want to break it down and then give you a bunch of anti-inflammatory recipes that contain good-for-you ingredients to keep your body balanced and nourished.
So inflammation. I'm sure you know that you don't want your body to be inflamed. When something is inflamed, it's exacerbated, ie., not happy. Your system becomes inflamed when it senses a foreign invader in your body, and then goes on attack. Who are these harmful invaders that your body doesn't like?
- Processed food and refined carbohydrates
- Allergens like gluten, dairy, sugar, corn and soy
- Commercially processed meat which is fed all of the above
- Toxins from lotions, cleaning products and the environment
- Lack of sleep
When the body gets one of these stressors inside, it sends out an alert to attack. This system works well in the instance of a fall or sprain in that the body sends helpers over to help fix the problem. When the body is bombarded with continuous toxins and allergens, however, it goes, and stays, on high alert, creating chronic inflammation in the body. This can cause fatigue, headaches, joint pain and eventually lead to issues like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's and even cancer.
The good news is that you can start making some healthy changes today by avoiding the things on the inflammatory list above, and adding in some of the anti-inflammatory ingredients and recipes below. Don't worry, this doesn't mean that you have to eat liver every day for the rest of your life. You can choose from dozens of calming, healthy items like beets, bone broth, flax seeds, walnuts and celery, in addition to the 5 big antioxidant-rich ingredients below. And as always, don't forget to move your body every day to keep the system strong and the blood flowing. If you're looking for further guidance on your diet and health, check out my spring cleanse program. It will transform both your mind and body so you're in tip top shape for summer.
If anti-inflammatory foods had a love child, turmeric would be the chosen one. Curcumin is the compound that gives turmeric its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Just make sure you pair turmeric with fat and black pepper so you increase its bioavailability and reap all of its rich rewards. Here are some of my favorite turmeric recipes.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Dark leafy greens are also a strong antidote to curbing inflammation in the body. They're loaded with vitamin E and antioxidants to help revive ailing cells in the body.
Salmon is another big inflammation killer. It's loaded with healthy omega-3 fats which can help your heart, mood and brain. Since your body can't make omega 3's on its own, you need to look to outside sources like fatty fish, or even walnuts and flax seeds. Just be sure to grind your flax seeds to reap the rewards like in my kale rosemary super seed crackers.
Blueberries are a great staple to have in the house because not only are they low in sugar, but they're also high in antioxidants and inflammation-fighting properties. Blueberries also contain quercetin, which is powerful in helping to fight cancer.
Broccoli has all your antioxidants and then some like healthy doses of Vitamin K and C. You'll also get a strong dose of magnesium and potassium thrown in for added benefit.
Enjoy all of these nutrient-rich ingredients and recipes while keeping inflammation at bay. Your body will thank you for years to come!
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