Here are 5 steps you can take to start fighting inflammation today.
Changing the way we eat is a huge proponent to fighting inflammation. We all react to foods differently but it’s important to focus on an anti-inflammatory diet every day by eating high quality fiber (gluten-free whole grains, fruits, veggies), healthy fats (raw nuts and seeds, avocado, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil), protein (beans and legumes, nuts and seeds), and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as turmeric, cinnamon, sea salt and fresh herbs). Eating clean means eating whole, one-ingredient foods to make your meals and snacks. What’s in an apple? An apple. What’s in an avocado? An avocado. Those are one-ingredient whole foods. Create your meals and snacks around one-ingredient foods so you know exactly what’s going into your mouth! For example, make a salad with kale, avocado, walnuts, apples, quinoa, extra-virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sea salt and pepper. That’s a meal made from one-ingredient foods! Toss the processed condiments along with the canned and boxed foods and reach for fresh, whole foods that your body can easily digest, absorb and assimilate the nutrients from. Unlike chemical-laden processed foods that are void of nutrients and don’t nourish your body, whole foods nourish your body and feed each system (endocrine, etc.) so that you can stay healthy. These whole foods are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your body needs to detox daily and fight inflammation. My new cookbook is filled with over 200 plant-based recipes that are free of gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, eggs, white flours and processed ingredients. No xantan gum, no binders, no fake ingredients – all pure, whole foods. And you’re going to love every single recipe!
Over 70% of our immune system is located in our gut so focusing on gut health is a great place to start when your immune system needs an overhaul. If your gut isn’t in good shape, you’ll find yourself dealing with unwanted symptoms such as bloating, acne, arthritis and more. Focus on adding in probiotic-rich foods like kimchi and sauerkraut as well as taking a high-quality probiotic to replenish the good bacteria in your gut, fight inflammation, and keep your immune system health and happy.
Throughout my 10 years of chronic illness I had many false negatives from Western medicine labs for parasites bacteria, yeasts and other GI issues that were never properly addressed. Once I started working with Functional/Integrative MD’s to fight inflammation, I learned about more detailed stool tests (which are all outlined in my new book, Eating Clean), that helped me identify what was going on in my gut and how I could kill off the bad bacteria and pathogens while healing the infections that were left unaddressed for many years. My new book outlines 3 full pages on Functional/Integrative Medicine testing that helped me get to the root cause of my symptoms- everything from my heavy metal and mold toxicity to my leaky gut and Lyme disease as well as numerous deficiencies that weren’t picked up by conventional blood work.
I dedicated an entire chapter to detoxing your home and personal care/beauty products in my new book, Eating Clean, because many of us don’t realize that our skin is our biggest organ so anything that we put on our skin (from our sunscreen to our chapstick to our shampoo and conditioner) as well as what we use to clean our home (cleaning products, laundry detergent, etc.) gets into our bloodstream. When I started detoxing my entire lifestyle, I started to see my thyroid and liver enzymes normalize because they weren’t bombarded by toxins from these products. You can easily decrease your body burden by removing products that are full of chemicals and parabens and use cleaner products instead. In my book, I break down each chemical to avoid as well as my favorite brands to choose for cleaner products and what to look for instead of chemicals! I also have a section dedicated to recipes to make your own homemade beauty products and homemade household cleaning products so you can feel good about what you are using in your home for your family and can fight inflammation.
Throughout the past 10 years I’ve had to remove numerous foods due to inflammation such as gluten, dairy, soy, corn and eggs. Food sensitivities can be difficult to pinpoint because you may not feel a reaction to a certain food until 48 hours or later after you eat the food! This is why it’s so important to address an elimination diet to remove the inflammatory foods in your diet. I lay out a full 21 Day Elimination Diet in my new book, Eating Clean, as well as a Reintroduction period that is done very specifically so that you can tell exactly what foods are causing issues in your body. Gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn and refined sugar (along with other inflammatory foods) often wreak havoc on many of my clients’ guts and once they start to eliminate these foods, they feel lighter, have more energy, lose weight, their inflammation markers on their bloodwork decrease and they start to heal their gut lining (leaky gut). Each one of our bodies is different so one food that works for someone, might not work for you. Focus on your body and eat the foods that work for you – not what works for someone else. You’re in charge of the way you feel and it starts with the food you put into your mouth everyday.