I recently had a medical issue that I will write about at a later time, but it was a great reminder that whenever your immune system attacks something in your body that is foreign — Like an invading virus or bacteria, the process is called inflammation. So, inflammation isn’t always a bad thing. Inflammation is when your body springs into action with an army of white blood cells to the area of concern with increased blood flow. Because of this, there might also be swelling, redness, heat, and pain or discomfort. Inflammation that occurs in a healthy body, is the normal and effective response that facilitates healing.
Our bodies are truly amazing!
With that in mind, it’s important to do your part in the healing process and avoid foods that can further exasperate the issue and cause prolonged inflammation.
Inflammation that continues day in and day out is called chronic inflammation. This is not good. Chronic inflammation can lead to many major diseases —including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s—have ALL been linked to chronic inflammation.
The easiest way to combat inflammation is through Nutrition. I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite anti-inflammatory shake recipes, but first I’m going to share a list of Foods that inflame and foods that combat inflammation:
- Soda & other sweetened beverages
- Refined carbohydrates, like bread, pasta, and white rice
- Fried Foods
- Processed meat like hot dogs and sausage
- Margarine, shortening, and lard
- Fatty fish like salmon & tuna
- Fruits like apples, blueberries, cherries, oranges, pineapple, and strawberries
- Greens like collards, spinach, kale, swiss chard, and bok choy
- Nuts like almonds and walnuts
- Olive oil, coconut oil
- Veggies like broccoli, beets, celery
Try to incorporate these anti-inflammatory foods in your regular diet and limit the inflammatory foods.
Now here’s the recipe for one of my favorite
anti-inflammatory protein shakes!
- One Scoop of Isopure Zero Carb Creamy Vanilla Protein Powder
- One cup of ice
- 1/2 cup of water
- One cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk or Almond & Coconut Milk
- Handful of fresh Spinach (or your favorite greens)
- 1/3 cup of Organic Blueberries
- 1/2 of a Banana
Blend for 30 seconds and enjoy!
I’ve tried many protein powders and Isopure is by far my favorite. Not just for the flavor but, it’s gluten and lactose free and has zero sugars. Also, the best place to order it is on Amazon, because they offer it at the best price, and since I have a prime membership it’s delivered to my doorstep for free!
I also reccomend taking Evening Primrose Oil. Which can also be ordered online or found at your local Sprouts. This is the brand I use.
Evening primrose oil also has a range of therapeutic properties. It’s known to help reduce the pain associated with PMS, and reduce skin irritations and conditions. The oil can also be used as an anti-inflammatory agent and to treat problems with auto-immune diseases.
Let’s do our part!
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I’m going to share my protein bar recipe next week.
They are dairy, gluten, and sugar free, but 100% yummy!
Here’s the healthy living and thriving!
Peace & Love,