Most forms of disease start with inflammation. Sadly our current diet standards do very little to prevent inflammation. The standard american diet (SAD) promotes inflammation. Sugar, refined foods, damaged fats, stress and lack of sleep are the driving wheels behind chronic inflammation. If you think this does not affect you, trust me, even the healthiest eaters fall victim to this pillar of disease. You don’t have to suffer from a chronic condition like heart disease; if you have ever suffered from allergies, eczema or simply dry skin keep in mind that these are all symptoms of inflammation.
Fortunately there is a lot we can do to prevent and deal with inflammation.
Eat lost of veggies and fruits rich in antioxidants
Avoid added sugars
Drink plenty of water
Make time to rest
Love the things you do
Prepare most your meals from whole foods
Incorporate anti-inflammatory foods like garlic, onion, blue berries,cabbage, fermented foods and spices like rosemary and turmeric.
I know this sounds a lot like every suggestion for keeping good health, and it is. Because good health does not come in a magic pill or trendy protein powder. The best way to achieve good health is to relax, enjoy your life and avoid inflammation. And it is all available to you for the small price of leading a healthy lifestyle supported by nourishing foods.
Sorry folks there is no big secret here, if you want to be well you have to take care of yourself.
Today I would like to share a recipe I found at Dr. Weil's. An anti-inflammatory elixir you can have everyday! It is delicious, give it a try and you might fall in love with it.
Boil 4 cups of water
Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and lower the heat
Simmer for 10 minutes
Strain the tea into cups (I used a cheese cloth)
I added about a spoonful of freshly squeezed orange juice ( great for a little antioxidant oomph) and 1/4 teaspoon of raw honey.
Enjoy and stay well!