Often when I meet with clients, I discover they are plagued by chronic inflammation– a condition that can lead to a variety of health-related issues. Western medicine often prescribes medicinal treatment methods to help with symptom relief, however medicine does not actually treat the root cause of the condition. Instead, medication continues to mask the underlying cause and in fact results in a perpetual cycle of symptom care as inflammatory warnings appear elsewhere in the body.
WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?
Inflammation is the body’s natural immune response to protect itself from infection. However, when the inflammatory response persists, it leads to chronic inflammation, a sign that the immune system is exhausted. Some common causes include: stress, environmental toxins, sleep deprivation and poor digestive health.
When I meet with clients I look for common symptoms to assess the presence of chronic inflammation, such as:
- Weight gain
- Digestive issues
- Joint pain
- Red, raised or itchy skin (eczema, psoriasis)
If left untreated chronic inflammation can manifest in the body and cause major health issues and diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (to name a few). Fortunately, we know diet is a key factor that contributes to inflammation. The standard American diet (or S.A.D as I refer to it), is comprised of highly processed foods with very little nutritional value and coincidentally the most inflammatory foods, such as: saturated fats, dairy, refined sugars and animal protien. Although poor nutrition is a leading cause of chronic inflammation, the good news is, nutrition is also the cure. In fact, a sustained nutrient-rich diet of anti-inflammatory foods is more effective at reducing inflammation and the reoccurrence of symptoms than most prescribed medications.
WHAT FOODS ARE BEST?
- Foods high in fiber
- Fruits and vegetables
- Sweet Potato
- Seeds and legumes
- Chia seeds
- Black beans
- Brown rice
- Whole oats
- Curry powder
- Plant-based foods which provide much needed phytonutrients– Dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables boast high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
- Collared greens
- Swiss chard
- Vegan or plant-based Omega- 3 Fatty Acids– contain antioxidant properties and are packed with phytonutrients and polyphenols which aide in reducing inflammation.
- Chia seeds
When you take a holistic and natural approach to health you can prevent and reverse a number of diseases with basic changes in diet and lifestyle. Inflammation is one of the first signs of disease, with symptoms that physically manifest as warning signs in your body. As you tune into your body, and begin to sense what feels “off balance” and what feels “normal,” you can fuel your body with exactly what it needs to heal.
Do you think you have inflammatory symptoms? Would you like to learn more about anti-inflammatory foods or recipes? Send me an email, I’d love to connect with you.