If you are dealing with allergies, irritability, and aches and pains like me, it may be a time for a recharge. Stress, sugar, food sensitivities and environmental factors can cause inflammation which can wreak of havoc on most of the normal operations of our body systems, affecting your energy, mood, and cravings. Let’s look at some option for reducing inflammation.
- Eat more plant-based, whole, nutrient-dense foods.
Focus on what you can do to fuel your muscles, brain, cells with good nutrients and avoid refined sugar and flour, processed junk, animal products, etc. by adding a variety of plant-based whole foods to your diet. These foods will flood your body with the vitamins, minerals, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber it needs to recover from chronic inflammation.
- Focus on gut health.
Your gut holds approximately 60-70 percent of your immune system, so it stands to reason that it would be a great place to reduce chronic inflammation. And if your gut is out of balance, you can only imagine that your immune system is out too. Try natural probiotics like natural unsweetened yogurt everyday, or a good probiotic supplement. Click here.
- Identify and address food sensitivities and chronic (or hidden) infections.
You could be fighting a losing battle if you’re ignoring potential food sensitivities and/or infections. If your body is working to cope and fight these challenges everyday, you can bet that you’re feeding the fire of inflammation on a regular basis.
Gluten, soy, dairy, eggs and yeast are common problem foods that might be distracting your immune system every time you sit down for a meal. These allergies can be identified with a blood test. Or try eliminating them one at a time. While following the elimination approach, you remove all common allergens from your diet and then slowly reintroduce them, one by one. Consider trying a cleanse too.
- Relax and Rest. Most doctors recommend seven to eight hours of sleep per night. If you’re cutting corners in the snooze department, you’re cheating your immune system, which means it needs to kick into high gear in an effort to keep you well.
Lack of sleep and unrealistic expectations on what your body can handle, keep stress hormones elevated. Unfortunately, when you’re stressed out all the time, you’re also producing more of the hormone cortisol—which keeps inflammation on high. You deserve to take a break from stress even if its for 10 minutes a day. I focus rather on the big picture – create margin, cut back on some things, and spend more time with God and the people that you truly care for.