I have so many conversations with clients about inflammation and it always comes down to the negative side effects of too much inflammation. So I ask the question, is Inflammation: Friend or Enemy?
Inflammation is designed to help or aid our bodies into healing itself. Think about whenever you’ve cut your skin. What happens? In a couple of hours it looks red around the cut. That’s the “red cross” of the body doing what it’s designed to do. Attack and defend.
What happens when it attacks and defends too much because it’s under constant attack? Too much inflammation leads to all kinds of illness and disease. Perhaps things you didn’t know where associated, like auto-immune diseases, heart disease, stroke, thyroid issues, dental issues, migraines, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, joint issues or even cancer.
If you or a loved one suffers from any of these and other illness, the culprit is too much inflammation.
The biggest natural fighter is bone broth. Consuming on a daily basis, allows the body to calm itself and it helps to heal and seal the gut lining. If you suspect that you are plagued by Leaky Gut Syndrome or want to know more about what it is and what causes it…go watch a webinar that I made for you here.
Other foods, herbs and spices that you may find at your local Farmer’s Markets which help fight inflammation are such things like:
- Gourmet Italian spice
- Animal-based omega-3 fat (found in fatty fish)
- Leafy greens – dark (kale, spinach, collard greens and Swiss chard)
- Tea (Matcha and Tulsi are loaded)
- Fermented veggies and traditionally cultured foods
- Shitake mushrooms
The overall goal is to reduce chronic inflammation and your diet is key to doing that. Use these high quality herbs, spices and foods liberally. They are inexpensive and should be your “secret weapon” in your fight against inflammation.
Processed foods will trigger inflammation. Ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, soy, processed vegetable oils and other chemical additives are the enemy of your body.
Also avoid refined sugars as much as possible and foods cooked at high temps, especially cooked in vegetable oils (peanut, corn and soy oils).
Replacing processed foods with whole, ideally organic foods will automatically address most of these factors, especially if you eat a large portion of your food raw.
Just as important is making sure you’re regularly re-seeding your gut with beneficial bacteria. I prefer by food the best and that’s ingesting daily fermented veggies and/or fermented drinks.
Taking baby steps towards cleaning up your diet will pay you dividends in regards to your life and your health.
Go shop your local markets, support your farmer by purchasing as much whole, organic foods as possible. There are good spices and herbs to be had.
Live it up! Go clean up and clean out!
What’s been your biggest challenge in fighting inflammation? Share your thoughts and comments below.
To your health,
Holistic Wellness Mentor