A silent, smouldering fire within. Chronic inflammation can cause a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms and really affect your health. Excess inflammation in the body can cause weight gain, low energy, mental fog, digestive issues, depression, sleep issues, anxiety and pain in the joints and tissues of the body. When chronic inflammation goes on for a long time, it begins to affect your immune system and can stimulate the growth of cancer cells.
Adopting an anti-inflammatory lifestyle can help to put this inner fire out. A large component of this is an anti-inflammatory diet. This can look different for different people, as we all have different triggers for inflammation.
1.) Focus on healing your digestive system and balancing gut microbes.
2.) Keep your blood sugars balanced by avoiding sugars, processed carbohydrates and artificial foods.
3.) Eat the right types of fat, like avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and fish.
4.) Consume anti-inflammatory phytochemicals such as cacao, berries and dark leafy greens.
If you are suffering from signs of chronic inflammation, like eczema, asthma, autoimmune disorders or hormonal problems, dry looking closely at your diet and what foods might be adding to the fire:
Avoid industrial oils such as canola, soy or corn.
Ditch processed grains in favor of intact grains like quinoa, steel-cut oats and sorghum.
Eliminate refined flours, even gluten-free varieties.
Lower your sugar intake, even from natural sources such as dates or honey.
Overall, a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, high quality protein, whole grains, unprocessed nuts and seeds and fermented foods will benefit your body. Experiment with the foods that make you feel better and allow your intuition to guide you. Once the fire is soothed, trust your body to let you know what it needs, day to day.
A few more anti-inflammatory steps you can take:
Adopt a relaxing pre-sleep ritual and give yourself plenty of time for quality sleep each night
Learn to breathe deeply, into your belly, during times of stress in your life
Find daily movement or play (exercise) that makes you feel good
Reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake
Just by empowering yourself to make some small changes in your own life, you can make a powerful difference in the inflammation levels in your body.