Do you suffer from aches and pains? Are your joints puffy, bloated or swollen? If you have any of these symptoms, you could be at risk for chronic inflammation. The good news is, you don’t have to live with the pain. Learn a little about the good and bad sides of inflammation, as well as how to prevent and reduce it through simple nutrition and lifestyle changes.
A high functioning immune system responds to harmful substances, irritants, infections and injury by becoming inflamed. Inflammation is actually a healthy and normal response that detoxifies and repairs the body. Redness, warmth, swelling, itching and pain are all symptoms that inflammation is doing it’s job by sending antibodies to heal the damaged area and protect the body from further irritation.
Problems occur when inflammation becomes chronic as a result of being untreated. Most people seek quick relief in Advil or Ibuprofen that mask the pain and prevent healing by disabling the body’s ability to detoxify, repair and protect itself. Left unaddressed, chronic inflammation can damage surrounding organs and tissues, increase LDL (bad) cholesterol, and contribute to degenerative diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, obesity, and cancer.
Start healing! Pain is felt for a reason. Don’t ignore it! Get rid of it for good! Get to the root of the problem by making simple nutrition and lifestyle changes! You’ll increase the nutrients in your diet, lower LDL cholesterol, strengthen immunity, prevent disease and even reduce body fat!
Avoid foods that are highly processed, high in refined carbs or those containing excess omega-6s, such as refined sugars, glutenous grains, grain-fed animal products, manmade fats, fruit juice, high carb beers, and cocktail concoctions.
Filtered water (helps detoxify the body)
Green leafy vegetables: kale, collards, spinach, mustard greens, etc.
Omega-3 rich wild fish: salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna, halibut, etc.
Herbs and spices: garlic, ginger, curry, chili peppers, rosemary
Stinkers: garlic, onions, scallions, leeks, chives, shallots
Fermented foods: yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, Zukay dressing, etc.
- Take a 30 minute walk daily to get moving and reduce stress
- Stress less – chronic stress results in chronic inflammation
- Sleep more – give your body time to rest, repair and heal itself
- Get tested – take a C-reactive protein (CRP) test
Would you like to lose weight, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, increase energy and feel better on a daily basis? Contact Certified Nutritionist and Kitchen Coach, Cate Ritter, to improve your health now!