7 Foods To Reduce Inflammation
The Standard American Diet (S.A.D), is one that promotes acidity and inflammation in our bodies. The over consumption of highly processed foods, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners and chemical laden household, beauty and body products lead to poor digestion, poor nutrient absorption and toxic loads on our liver and other systems. These are some of the more prevalent reasons why the rates of diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity and cancer have been escalating for decades. We will discuss in detail, seven (7) foods to reduce inflammation and get you on the road to better health.
However, by adjusting our diet, we can in fact, create a healing environment in our body. How amazing is that? I am a firm believer that our body is perfect, and knows how to heal itself, if we just give it half a chance.
Over the years, there have been many schools of thought on which diet is the healthiest. Diets like Ketogenic, Paleo, Low Carb High Fat, the list is pretty much endless, but recently these are the ones that have been talked about the most. While I do believe that there are some redeeming qualities to these particular diet plans, I am not one to adopt or promote any of them in their entirety.
First let’s talk about the Ketogenic Diet: This diet was first developed in the 1920’s for children who had epilepsy, as it was found that fasting helped to greatly reduce the number of seizures they were having. In essence, the Keto diet is one that “tricks” your body into thinking that it is fasting by severely limiting the amount of carbohydrates consumed so that you begin to burn fat for fuel instead of sugar.
The Keto diet is very good for rapid weight loss and may also be beneficial for reducing the risk of diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s symptoms. It should be noted however, that if you are on medication, the Keto diet can be harmful, so it should be done under medical supervision.
The Paleo Diet: Is another low carbohydrate diet and is based on the cave-man or hunter-gatherer diet. While this diet is good for being low carb, it also eliminates all dairy, including yogurt and kefir. which I believe are very beneficial to a healthy digestive system. Other than that, I also believe that eating whole grains, beans and other dairy should be part of a healthy diet.
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So, let’s get down to the:
7 Foods To Reduce Inflammation
As we discussed earlier, highly processed foods, refined sugar and artificial sweeteners are the main contributors to inflammation, so the way to eat ourselves healthy (wow! isn’t that a bit of a departure from “dieting”?), is to eat whole foods that will reduce that inflammation and set us up for slowing the aging process (of particular interest to me…lol 😜) while also reducing our risk factors for other chronic illness.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables: These promote alkalinity the most and some of the top choices are; mushrooms, citrus, dates, raisins, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, kale, jicama, broccoli, oregano, garlic, ginger, green beans, endive, cabbage, celery, red beet, watermelon, figs and ripe bananas.
- All raw foods: Raw foods are “life-giving” and cooking foods can deplete the alkalizing minerals. Adding more raw (or lightly steamed) foods to your diet will increase your nutrients and help to reduce acidity and inflammation.
- Plant proteins: These would include almonds, navy beans, lima beans and most other beans as very good choices. Have you tried my Southwestern Salad yet?
- Alkaline water: Who knew that by even just adding lemon or lime, or even baking soda to your water would help to reduce inflammation in our bodies!
- Green drinks: Okay, don’t laugh! It was a long time before I was brave enough to attempt this one, however, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help you out. As it turns out, the green color of vegetables and grasses (and seaweed) contain alkaline-forming foods and chlorophyll. Something else I didn’t realize until recently, is that chlorophyll is very similar in structure to our own human blood, so it does a great job of reducing acidity and inflammation.
- Nut/Seed milk: Did you know that calcium-rich dairy products are the leading cause of osteoporosis? That’s a crazy thought isn’t it? Well, according to Dr. Axe in his article Is Milk Helping Or Hurting Your Bones, he explains how conventional dairy causes an acidic (inflammatory) condition and actually contributes to higher rates of osteoporosis.
- Natural sweeteners: For many years, I was “sold” that using artificial sweeteners was healthy. After all, they have zero calories, right? The truth of the matter is that artificial sweeteners are just that….artificial. You body doesn’t know what to do with them, so they get stored as fat! The sweet taste also triggers your brain that there’s nutrition on the way, but when your body finds none, keeps sending you signals to keep eating. So, great sources of natural sweeteners would be coconut sugar, raw honey, pure maple syrup and Stevia.
As you can see, reducing the acidity of our bodies, allowing them to operate more efficiently and to reduce our risk of chronic diseases is pretty simple. And, it doesn’t have to be expensive, time-consuming, boring or depriving.
If you’d like help with incorporating any of these;
7 Foods To Reduce Inflammation
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