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
- High blood pressure
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Food cravings
- Binge eating
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Joint pain
- 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.
*Include plenty of these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet.
- 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.
- 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.
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…
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.
Honey-almond-berry overnight oats that crush inflammation, fatigue, and bad cravings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!