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Inflammation – by Tracey Wheeler

Inflammation is a hot topic these days and rightfully so. A lot of chronic illnesses have their roots in inflammation. So where is it all coming from and what can we do about it?

Inflammation in the body can come from many different sources including environmental, what we put on our skin, and lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking. But one of the biggest causes is what we eat.

Eating is a daily activity and can lead to inflaming the body or reducing it. Every food source has a PH level which is either more acidic or more basic. We don’t need to eat anti-inflammatory foods all the time to have a well running body. There just needs to be more anti-inflammatory foods than high inflammatory foods to have a well working system. Basically, the good needs to outweigh the bad. And who are the baddies?

High inflammatory foods are:

  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Red Meat
  • White refined flour
  • Trans fats

Anti-inflammatory foods are:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Sea vegetables such as nori and kelp
  • Beans
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Tofu
  • Fish

All food falls along a spectrum of the acidic and basic level. It’s important to stick to the more basic and therefore more anti-inflammatory foods for the best health benefits.

My favourite anti-inflammatory treat is my smoothie recipe. Full of great nutrients and the cocoa adds an extra anti-inflammatory benefit.

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana (ones with brown spots are great)

Handful of ice

Handful of spinach

Oat/rice/almond milk

½ avocado

1 Tbspn chia seeds

3 dates

1 Tbspn cocoa

Place all ingredients in the blender and whizz together. If you don’t like it cold then don’t include the ice. It just helps to make it a little thicker. Add as much milk as you need to get it to a drinkable consistency. Enjoy!


 

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