Take a quick look at some leading health and wellness sites like Mind Body Green, and there’s a good chance you’ll see the word “inflammation” somewhere on the front page. It’s the health buzz word of the moment, and in the headlines, it’s always bad news. The good news is that you can learn how to use food as medicine to help counteract inflammation’s effects on the body!
Like all bodily functions, inflammation is merely the body’s response to an event. For example, when you break your arm or pull your back, what happens? Your arm or back swells up. That’s your body’s response to try and protect the injured spot. Inflammation is like your body’s version of bubble wrap! This is what we call acute inflammation, and once your injury begins to heal, the inflammation dissipates.
As opposed to acute inflammation, chronic inflammation is an overreaction on behalf of your body. This is the type of inflammation that’s really bad news. Basically, your body is in a constant emergency mode, trying to protect and heal an injury or disease that may not actually be there. And as a result, chronic inflammation itself has been linked to a huge number of diseases, including cancer, thyroid disease, heart disease, arthritis, and even dental decay.
How Can You Identify Chronic Inflammation in Your Body?
Every body is unique and individual. Because of this, there are a wide variety of symptoms related to inflammation, however, a few common ones are:
• Puffy bags and/or dark circles under your eyes.
• Swollen fingers at the end of the day.
• Fat accumulating around your lower back and hanging over your pants.
• Feeling dehydrated, even though you keep drinking water.
Inflammation can also stall weight loss in a big way. Because it’s such an important issue, I have an arsenal of tips and plans you can use to reduce inflammation, relax your hormones, regain your immunity, and start losing weight again. It all starts with using food as medicine!
How can you start learning how to use food as medicine? You can read this article which includes food suggestions to reduce inflammation in the body. You can also do the I-Burn, from my book The Burn. The I-Burn program includes specific recipes and meal maps designed to soothe the body and reduce inflammation. With my clients, I often include the Fast Metabolism Puffiness and Immune System Shake, a meal replacement shake you can use on the I-Burn, or as part of your normal healthy diet. It contains powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients like quercetin, rutin, turmeric, and pomegranate, in addition to a variety of supergreens, including spirulina, spinach, and kale.