Anti-inflammatory diets are buzzing around the wellness scene, but an anti-inflammatory approach to eating is much more than just a new fad diet. In fact, with inflammation being at the root of nearly every single disease seen today, it’s our job to do everything we can to cool any underlying inflammation that may be present in our body.
Lowering your total inflammatory load is pretty much one the best things you can do to promote better health. It can certainly help safeguard your health for the future.
And, one issue with chronic inflammation is that is may just sneak up on your one day. While acute inflammation is an essential part of protecting and healing the body, chronic inflammation is a whole different story.
It’s the chronic type that can lead to things like weight gain, fatigue, poor immune function, and chronic disease.
Not sure if you have inflammation going on in your body? Here are five signs to look out for.
The Top 5 Signs You May Have Chronic Underlying Inflammation
#1 Chronic Fatigue
If you find yourself reaching for the third (or fourth) cup of coffee by lunch each day just to keep your eyes open. This, in fact may be time to look at the root cause, and chronic inflammation might be it. Fatigue is very closely associated with inflammatory conditions like arthritis, chronic pain, and even depression, which has recently been linked to inflammation.
So, while feeling totally wiped out each day can certainly be caused by more than one thing, addressing any underlying inflammation is certainly not going to cause any harm.
#2 Digestive Distress
Upset stomach, indigestion, nausea, constipation? Do any of these sound familiar? Chronic inflammation may be to blame. There are even some inflammatory digestive conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, and gastritis that are all closely associated with some serious inflammation going on in your GI tract.
#3 Weight Gain
If you feel like you have been doing all the things but are still having a hard time shedding those last few pounds, it may have more to do with inflammation than you think.
How? Well, consuming inflammatory foods (think sugar or fried fast food) can cause inflammation to go haywire. Chronic inflammation can lead to weight gain, not to mention chronic disease.
And, it’s not only unhealthy foods that are to blame here. Even certain healthy foods can cause an issue if your body is sensitive to them. Consuming foods your body doesn’t tolerate can trigger an immune response and a firestorm of inflammation in the body.
This is why it’s super important to uncover any foods your body may be sensitive to. You can do this through an elimination diet or food sensitivity testing. Some of the most common sensitivities include wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, and peanuts. But, you can be sensitive to literally anything, even certain fruits, and veggies.
#4 Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is a big sign of underlying chronic inflammation. It’s also a big reason to take all the steps to cool that inflammation running rampant in your body. Any sort of chronic pain is a reason to practice daily self-care, enjoy more anti-inflammatory foods (try enjoying the recipes below,) and cutting out the inflammatory crap in the Standard American Diet.
#5 Poor Immune Health
Do you find yourself catching just about every sickness you’re exposed to even when you feel like you’re eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep? Chronic inflammation may be to blame yet again. When your body is in an inflammatory state, your immune system suffers.
3 Anti-inflammatory Recipes to Cool Inflammation
#1 Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Latte
There’s no better spice than turmeric when it comes to slashing your levels of chronic inflammation. Try making a turmeric latte with full-fat coconut milk, ground turmeric, a little coconut oil, a drizzle of raw honey, and a pinch of cracked black pepper (this is key to enhancing the absorption of this superfood spice).
If you really want to reduce your levels of inflammation, you can also find turmeric supplements with high levels of curcumin. This active compound in turmeric can really give your body a boost.
#2 Inflammation-busting Matcha Green Tea Latte
Matcha green tea is a wonderful addition to a healthy diet and can help cool inflammation. Try making a refreshing matcha green tea latte with some full-fat coconut milk, a sprinkle of ground ginger, and a drizzle of raw honey. Pour over ice, sip, and let the anti-inflammatory properties go to work.
#3 Anti-inflammatory Fruit Salad
Fruits like berries and grapes happen to be loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You can easily throw together a delicious and nutrient-dense fruit salad with just a handful of ingredients, in less than five minutes. Try mixing some blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries with some grapes, and enjoy as a healthy snack with some raw nuts and seeds.
Cool Inflammation, Get Healthy
With lower inflammation, comes improved health. If you have any sign of chronic inflammation, there’s no better time than now to get your inflammation in check. Ready to supercharge your health and feel better than you ever have before with less inflammation?
In addition to trying these healthy anti-inflammatory recipes, here are some other tips to get you started on your inflammation-busting health journey.
- Reduce Stress: Chronic stress equals chronic inflammation. Reduce your stress levels through daily self-care, regular exercise, and more sleep. Stuck in an exercise rut? Try pressing play on one of our FitOn yoga or Pilates workouts to calm the mind and balance the body.
- Focus on Diet: In addition to trying the three anti-inflammatory recipes above, try adding things like dark leafy greens, wild-caught salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds to your diet.
- Cut Out Damaged Fats: Damaged fats like trans and hydrogenated fats commonly found in margarine, crackers, pastries, and candy are a recipe for inflammation city in the body. Focus on healthy fats instead like avocados, nuts, seeds, olive, and coconut oil.
- Reduce Sugar: Too much sugar is not a good thing and can lead to inflammation. Sugar is found in just about everything. So be sure to read all nutrition labels, and replace refined sugar with things like raw honey and pure maple syrup (at a minimum) or stevia for a low-carb option.
So there you have it, your plan to lower inflammation and better health. Start your anti-inflammatory health journey today. Your health is counting on it.