It has been said that inflammation is the root cause of all disease. When your skin is inflamed it’s easy to see due to the redness, blotchiness, rashes, and hives, but how do you recognize inflammation inside your body and how do you assist your body in healing its self?
First and foremost, it’s important to understand the source and the cause of inflammation. Whether it is acute or chronic inflammation caused by environmental irritants or what we're eating, many factors go into why we're dealing with inflammation. Chronic inflammation can indicate the body's inability to respond to its irritant. Infections can jumpstart an inflammatory response, along with other sources of inflammation such as stress, unhealthy habits, and other underlying health issues
The good news, though, is there are natural remedies for inflammation, and a lot of those are naturally available foods that are probably already in your kitchen.
Before we get to remedies that will help your body feel better from the inside out, I want to share some signs that you might experience if you have inflammation in your body which you can’t see.
- Being overweight
- Aches and pains especially joints
- Red itchy skin
- Allergies and infections
- A diagnosed autoimmune disease
- Throat tickle or constant coughing
- Acne, cysts, hives, rashes
- Itchy ears
- Craving white flour processed foods
- Puffy Skin and water retention
Don’t get worried or scared if you have any of the above symptoms Just begin to use the foods in your kitchen as your medicine,
Filling your kitchen with anti-inflammatory foods will help combat your inflammation on a regular basis. Some powerful anti-inflammatory fruits include blueberries, strawberries, cherries, oranges, and pineapple. Many of these contain bromelain and quercetin, which are incredible for helping ease inflammation in the body.
Here are some other anti-inflammatory foods to use in your kitchen include...
Ginger. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory chemicals and adding this root to your routine can be quite simple -- add it to your meals, toss some in your juicer, or make some fresh ginger tea.
Green tea. This popular tea has catechins, which have antioxidant properties and power. Substitute out your afternoon coffee for a green tea to enjoy the natural anti-inflammatory benefits it provides.
Beets. In my opinion, beets are a superfood and they are oh so good for you. Filled with the betalain pigment along with countless other beneficial nutrients, beets provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that your body will love. Toss some on your salad, in a juice or in your smoothie and reap the benefits.
Tomatoes. The lycopene found in tomatoes helps provide the body with an anti-inflammatory benefit. Summer is a fantastic time to enjoy loads of tomatoes, so eat up!
Garlic. Garlic is so versatile and can be added to nearly everything. Take advantage of that and toss it in your home cooked meals or salad dressings to enjoy its anti-inflammatory benefits regularly.
Along with these important foods, sleep is another powerful element in reducing the risk of inflammation. If you’re in need of improving your sleep quality, take this as a sign to begin now. Sleep is such a crucial link in your overall wellness, not just with controlling inflammation. Making healthy lifestyle choices gives your body a better chance of curbing inflammation in the future, so start with baby steps.
What can you do this week to make healthier habits? I am currently working on my sleep routine. I’m a light sleeper and it takes me a long time to fall asleep. For the next month, my focus is on getting some deep snoozing. I’ll let you know how it goes.
** Disclaimer: I do not provide the services of a licensed dietician or nutritionist, information received should not be seen as medical or nursing advice and is not meant to take the place of seeing licensed health professionals.