Inflammation is a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection . It’s mainly a reaction from your immune system. Today we are going to learn simple steps that may help you on your journey in wellness.
What’s at the root of chronic inflammation?
An imbalanced immune system contributes to chronic inflammation by sending your body misdirected signals. Inflammatory cells are very powerful (this helps get rid of invaders before they can do harm) and produce a constant, low-grade flow of strong inflammatory markers into the blood stream that can cause damage with time.
To start with brush and floss your teeth regularly. Wellness is not just the absence of disease, but the presence of vitality and health. This is also true when it comes to oral wellness. Just because you don’t have any cavities, doesn’t mean you’ve achieved oral wellness. Making sure your mouth is in sync with your entire body is a process and a routine.
Audit your diet. Choosing the right foods can help your body by blocking certain stages in the inflammatory cascade or by removing toxic by-products.
Anti-inflammatory foods include:
👉🏾dark berries (including blueberries and blackberries)
👉🏾red wine (in moderation a glass a day)
👉🏾dark chocolate (a square or two a day, and be sure it’s not processed with alkali because this greatly reduces the major antioxidant flavanol)
👉🏾2 teaspoons organic dried turmeric (or fresh turmeric if it’s available)
👉🏾1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
👉🏾1-2 tablespoons lemon rind (from unwaxed organic lemon)
👉🏾1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (depending on desired taste)
👉🏾2 cups water (or coconut water if you want it sweeter)
👉🏾1-2 tablespoons raw organic honey to taste (you can use organic maple syrup as an alternative).
Blend all these ingredients into a bright orange solution. Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days freeze up to 3 months
Add Turmeric to your diet: Turmeric contains curcumin, which extinguishes inflammation by shutting off pro-inflammatory markers and reducing free radicals. Turmeric can be consumed in food, as a tea, in capsules or in a solution.
Cut out chemicals: Exposure to pesticides and preservatives causes inflammation by invading cells and destroying tissue.Be especially careful with cleaning products. There are many natural options that are effective and much less toxic to you and your family. Stick to homemade food instead of highly-processed foods that come in plastic containers.
Get regular exercise: Regular exercise reduces inflammation very effectively by improving circulation and lymphatic flow, and reducing body fat. You can do any type of exercise as long as it gets your heart pumping. Set a goal to work out for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week and work up to it bit by bit.
Have a stress routine: When you are stressed out have a routine with healthy coping mechanisms that will help you stay on track. Inflammation is also triggered in response to stress and anxiety. The more stress in your life, the more likely it is you’re headed towards an inflamed state. Consider starting a meditation program or try journaling every night both help release stress.
Always consult with your do it or trusted physician if you have any concerns before changing your regular diet or taking new supplements.
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