Multiple studies have been conducted indicating that inflammation is the trigger for most diseases and illnesses. It goes beyond just what we eat- it’s the chemicals we put on our bodies (think lotion, shampoo, conditioner, etc), the impurities we breathe in our air, the stress we have in our daily lives, our genetics, etc.
What can we do to combat inflammation? Change what we have the power to control. What we eat and drink is a HUGE factor in the fight against inflammation. Remember, you are what you eat. So try not to be a 99cent mcRib…
Ayurveda advises us to try to eat foods that are in season and local as much as possible so when you can, try to. Here’s a chart from nowSrilanka.org to help with the seasonality of foods:
Foods to AVOID According to Harvard Medical School and my own experience:
- Red meat (burgers, steaks, etc) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
- Processed Foods
- Refined Carbohydrates (white bread, pastries)
- Fried Foods
- SODA – all types of soda, even seltzer water (the carbonated water causes acidosis, therefore inflaming the body)
- Sweetened beverages, including most juices
- Margarine, shortening and lard
- Fast foods
- Table Salt (I replaced our with Pink Himalayan Salt a few years ago and love it)
- Anything GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)
STOCK YOUR KITCHEN WITH THESE:
- ORGANIC Green Leafy Vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli, collards)
- Organic Tomatoes, Red Peppers
- Olive Oil (real olive oil, most bought in the store are fake mixed – read more in this article here)
- Nuts – avoid peanuts where possible, try almond and walnuts
- Organic Fruits such as Strawberries, blueberries, cherries, oranges, apples
- Fatty Fish such as Salmon (must be wild caught, otherwise farm raised can cause inflammation, I used to buy ours from Whole Foods until I gave up fish)
- Turmeric, coriander, Fresh Ginger
- Organic Green Tea
- Chia Seeds (great to add to smoothies!)
- Garlic (I am a huge over-user of garlic, I love it in everything. TIP: if you feel sick slice up a garlic clove into pill sized pieces and swallow whole – yes you might have stinky breath but you just gave yourself a natural antibiotic!!!)
- Plain, organic yogurt (sweeten yourself with fresh fruit and organic jams that are only sweetened with fruit juices)
- Coconut Oil -how could this not make my list 😉
- Simple Mills Products – check out their website here, I get them from Amazon!
- Gluten Free or whole grain organic breads
- Organic Lemon Juice (see post about it here.)
Let me know if you have any questions! I want to recommend any books written by Dr. Andrew Weil — find them on Amazon. His approach to the anti-inflammatory diet is really helpful to understand.
Here’s to a healthy (anti-inflamed) and happy you!