Got Pain? Your Inflammed!
Anti- Inflammatory Foods
Pain causes discomfort in the body. The body experiences pain when there is inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the body’s natural immune response, the body’s way to protect itself and to get rid of foreign objects and excrete toxins.
When chronic Inflammation occurs the body is in a state of defense. This takes a lot of energy from the body’s ability to maintain certain biological and normal functions creating side effects such as fatigue, brain fog, emotional distress, hormone irregularity, physical pain, and simply just not feeling good. Chronic inflammation can give rise to stagnation in the body which is a playing field for disease, it can even lead to auto-immune response down the line.
Keys to supporting anti-inflammation
Drink Lots of Water!
Water is a key element in reducing cellular stress and supporting your organs to help eliminate toxins. Drink at least 2 L of water everyday. Start your day with 2-4 cups of water in the morning to help reduce inflammation through out the day. Add lemon or try a little cayenne pepper to your first morning cup to wake you and your body up. Avoid dehydrating drinks such as caffeine, soda, energy drinks, and carbonated mineral water.
Eliminate Allergens from your diet
Food support healing or can be the culprit of disease. The foods you are eating may be contributing to your body’s stress and state of inflammation. Trying eliminating inflammatory foods such as: Processed foods, red meat, shellfish, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and tree nuts. Keep a food journal close by and see if you can identify if and when you feel inflamed and if it is related to a particular food item.
Detoxing is a way to help the body eliminate toxins. Although this is a normal process, the body cannot detox when it is experiencing repeated injury. Some simple ways to get your body to detox is to: relax, drink a lot of water, exercise, eat and drink greens. Practices such as juice fasting, intermittent fasting, and mono-dieting can increase your body’s ability to detox. Make sure you are in contact with your nutritionist or holistic care practitioner to ensure proper guidance and to not further damage the body.
Exercise is one of the best ways to help flush the body of toxins. It supports the lymphatic and circulatory system, and boosts the immune system. Walking for 30 minutes everyday will help to improve health and mood and connect you to your breath.
Becoming familiar with foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the best anti-inflammatory foods include: turmeric, ginger, walnuts, cucumbers, dark leafy greens, mushrooms, lemon juice, black pepper, cinnamon, and blueberries.
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