How to obliterate inflammation in the body and heal yourself

The reason I had a child is so I can check her candy for “danger” i.e. steal her Halloween candy after trick or treating.  It was so yummy but I am paying for it now!  Is it karma or my body’s inflammatory response to the sugar overload??  My skin has broken out, I am achy, tired and…I am finding it hard to get off the sugar craving train!

Research has shown that food choices directly affect levels of pain and inflammation in the body. Inflammation іѕ bеѕt dеѕсrіbеd аѕ а defense mechanism tо limit tissue damage. It саn bе caused bу infection, injury оr immune conditions. In еасh case, thе inflammation іѕ thе result оf уоur immune system responding tо your body being out of balance. Inflammation is your body’s response to stress – whether from your diet, lifestyle or environment. When your body’s systems experience a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease.

Chronic-inflammation contributes to 7 out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the United States. Chronic inflammation is like having a swollen, red, puffy part of your body, internally, for weeks, months, or even years. An unhealthy diet, pesticides, stress, and food sensitivities are among the most common causes of chronic inflammation. Processed foods, for example, contain substances that increase inflammation. So if you eat these foods on a normal basis, it will cause your body to become constantly inflamed.
This kind of inflammation has been shown to cause a whole host of complications and diseases such as autoimmune diseases, arthritis, asthma, obesity, premature aging, heart disease, and cancer.

Signs of inflammation in your body:

  • Constant fatigue
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Ulcers
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Bloating
  • Acne
  • Food cravings
  • Binge eating
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Unexplainable weight gain

How to beat inflammation:

One of the best ways to control and prevent inflammation is through adopting healthy eating habits. Focus on a plant-based diet, full of nature’s most powerful medicine. Also organic, grass-fed meats and fatty fish, organic butter and healthy oils. Chia seeds, flaxseed, and seaweed also contain essential fatty acids. Among the many compounds found in fresh produce, a few general categories stand out as beneficial when attacking inflammation and inflammatory diseases at their source.

Inflammation fighters:
*Include plenty of these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet.

  • tomatoes
  • beets
  • green leafy vegetables: spinach, kale, collards, celery and bok choy.
  • Nuts: almonds and walnuts
  • Fatty fish: salmon, tuna, herring & sardines.
  • Fruits: strawberries, cherries, blueberries, oranges and pineapple.
  • Ginger: Ginger shares some of the same pharmacological properties as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like aspirin or ibuprofen).
  • Turmeric: bonus! It can prevent cellular dysfunction, act as an antioxidant, and kill off cancer cells.
  • cinnamon
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • chia and flax seeds

The evidence is clear that such anti-inflammatory foods can regulate the immune system and have a big impact on the way inflammation affects our bodies and our lives. If you are experiencing any chronic inflammation, or if you’re looking to simply give your body a healthy reset, here are some anti-inflammatory recipes that will make you glow from the inside out.

source: Epicurious

Coconut turmeric milk latte aka Golden Milk.  

Super yummy anti-inflammatory hot drink…perfect for a Holiday hangover! It’s magic! Trust me…I know…

source: Life Made Sweeter

Blueberry Pineapple Green Detox Smoothie is a delicious way to sweeten your day and add anti-inflammatory properties to your diet.

You might also be interested in other ways to detox with this 3-day detox diet here.

source: Fitlife.tv

Honey-almond-berry overnight oats that crush inflammation, fatigue, and bad cravings.

source: Pure Ella

 

The kids will love these garlicky chickpea turmeric cakes, too! Your little ones can dip cucumbers in the avocado cream dressing for a delicious side to the chickpea burger.

source: Ascension kitchen

This beautiful golden orange Thai pumpkin soup is almost to pretty to eat.  It has a plethora of anti-inflammation helpers with the combination of turmeric, ginger and pumpkin.  It is warm, bright and oh so satisfying.

source: Creative and healthy fun food

This anti-Inflammation powerhouse is Roasted Cauliflower With Turmeric and sliced almonds. The health benefits of cauliflower include a reduced risk of cancer, heart and brain disorders, and relief from indigestion. It helps in boosting eye health, maintains hormone balance, detoxifies the body, and aids in weight loss.

source: Heal your kitchen

Ginger garlic turmeric broccoli chicken stirfry comes together fast on a weeknight.  This dish will leaving you thinking you just enjoyed Chinese take-out, but is a much healthier alternative.

source: The spruce

This gorgeous turmeric honey-marinated salmon with red beets recipe kicks inflammation in the derriere with superfood anti-inflammatory compounds all in one delicious dish!

source: Oh, Ladycakes

We should stop eating processed chocolate that we are all used to, but that in no way means we have to say goodbye to dessert.  Here is a delectable dessert to satisfy your chocolate cravings.  I know this is one I will try because I WILL NOT say goodbye to chocolate treats!

If you make these anti-inflammation foods as part of your daily diet you will extinguish your sugar cravings and heal your body even after going on a Halloween trick or treating candy rampage.  This is only the beginning of the sugar Holiday season!  Good luck!

Does chronic inflammation affect your life?  What do you do to manage it?  Share and comment!


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36 comments

  1. You have such a great website. And great article about inflammation. And Yes, food can actually be our medicine and help us in the long run. Drug companies just want us not to be healthier actually. So we can keep on doing with their business…Thank u for posting 😊

    1. Hi Jen,
      That is amazing! I gave up sugar and feel great! THe best part is that my cravings are gone and I can easily say no to temptation that isnt based on hunger.
      Be well,
      Marnie

  2. Good stuff here. I am a believer in turmeric and also ginger. Don’t use turmeric much in cooking, but I take it in pill form. Works great. Informative post!

    1. Hi Chris,
      Yes, whatever works best for you is great! My stepmom doesn’t cook with Turmeric but also takes it in pill form, too. Thanks for your comment!
      Take care,
      Marnie

  3. I have been wanting to try Golden Milk for a long time now. I need to just commit and do it! This post was super helpful! I have been so puffy lately (gah, stress induced eating). Trying to cleanse now, but don’t know the best things to use. This list was really helpful!

    1. Hi Melanie,
      You need to try it! It is so good and you truly feel really great after drinking it. The weather is perfect for it if you are in the cold like myself or you can do it in smoothie form if you are in hotter weather. Cut out the sugar for a few days and you will be shocked at how much better you feel. Good luck!
      Be well,
      Marnie

  4. Wow! I learned something today. Thanks. I am trying to get off the candy craving train too. I’m going to try the Golden Milk recipe. Thank you!

    1. Hi Bevan,
      Yes! I agree that I why I have another post about ways to heal your headaches naturally with food. Thank you for your comment!
      Cheers,
      Marnie

  5. Dear Marnie

    I love your blog and loved this post. It really resonated with me because last year the doctors thought I had rheumatoid arthritis and wanted to put me on very strong drugs. I spoke to a nutritionist who said she was cured completely by diet and I followed her diet and the symptoms went away. I bought a few anti-inflammatory cookbooks also. Most importantly, I stayed away from gluten, dark shaded vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes). I also incorporated anti-inflammatory foods like sweet potatoes and avocados. At lots of fish and vegetables. It took a couple of months but I believe I’m completely cured. When I eat poorly, my joints swell up and I definitely see a correlation.

    1. Hi Didi,
      That is an amazing story. I am so happy to hear you feel so much better! It is so simple and we have been brainwashed by the drug companies, but we really CAN find relief from what we eat and vice versa. Thank you so much for your comment!
      Be well,
      Marnie

  6. Marnie, this is one of the best posts yet! I’m saving all of these recipes and implementing tumeric into my diet, pronto!
    Faye

  7. Wow! So many great suggestions! I’m going to try the overnight oatmeal. The picture looked delicious, plus I love overnight oatmeal recipes. Great site!

  8. Great post Marnie. I’m going to have to try out some of those recipes! Thanks for sharing! I am currently on a low FODMAP diet but when I’m not, I’m going to have to try that cauliflower recipe. Yum.
    Have a great day!

    1. Dear Liz,
      Ooh but you can eat squash, eggplant and chickpeas all mixed with Turmeric would be amazing as well! Good luck!
      Take care,
      Marnie

  9. My father has a sever autoimmune disease so I am very familiar with how inflammation affects our bodies. This was an excellent article!

    1. Hi Brooke,
      Thanks so much! Yes, I too, have to think about what I put in my body everyday in order to manage my health. I hope your dad is well.
      Cheers,
      Marnie

  10. I really appreciate this information. I often blog about conquering Lyme Disease by following this same type of dietary protocol. I love your recipes. I am coming back to reference them!

    1. Hi Denise,
      I am glad it was helpful. I dont usually blog about my autoimmune disease, but I too, have to follow a healthy regimen in order to manage my health.
      Be well,
      Marnie

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