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. Yes, you guessed right, sugar, refined foods, trans fats and stress 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
Excercise on a regular basis
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. (For more anti-inflammatory foods check this article.)
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 the way to do this is by 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 my new crush. Turmeric tea is a delicious tool against inflammation you can enjoy on a daily basis.
Here is the recipe I use for this anti-inflammatory elixir (got it from Dr. Weil’s site):
Serves 2 (or one if you are greedy like me 🙂
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.
Give it a try, you might fall in love like me and wind up with a new weapon to your health arsenal :).