In today’s world so many of us our suffering from aches and pain, chronic health issues, tiredness and stress. On the physical level pain and illness stems from inflammation.
There are two types of inflammation. Acute inflammation happens when when we have an acute injury, like breaking a bone. For example, I recently broke my pinky toe: it turned purple and swell up. I was experiencing acute inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is however our silent killer. It is the root cause of serious illnesses, like heart disease, autoimmune diseases, cancer and even depression. Chronic inflammation contributes to and is the cause of all forms of chronic pain from headaches to fibro.
An unhealthy life-style and diet are contributing factors to inflammation. Stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, toxins and a processed food diet all lead to chronic inflammation therefore to pain and illness.
So what can you do to reduce inflammation?
Well, lead an anti-inflammatory life-style and eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Duh.
Okay, okay, I will try to be less cynical and more helpful 😉
An anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle is so easy yet so complex. Whole foods, clean water, sunshine, exercise, meaningful connections, low stress and balance. Simple, yet it can be difficult to achieve.
Instead of listing 100s of things that you should do to live an anti-inflammatory life leaving you overwhelmed, thinking it’s impossible, hence not making a single change, I will give you three easy changes you can start making now.
Baby-steps are better than overwhelm. In fact, baby-steps are the way to go.
1. Start you day with a glass of warm lemon water. I have written about the beautiful affects of lemon water before how it cleanses the body by increasing the liver’s detoxifying enzymes and alkalinizes the body. Just squeeze a half of a lemon into a glass of warm water each morning. This simple change will have powerful effects.
2. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber, that help eliminating toxins and strengthen your immune system. Increase you fruit and vegetable intake slowly. You will notice your cravings for processed food will naturally disappear.
3. Reduce stress. Remember, it is not only what you eat or drink, but how you live too. Chronic stress slows down digestion resulting in poor absorption of nutrients. Chronic stress creates dis-ease in the mind, the body and the soul. Meditation, journaling, listening to relaxing music, reading, yoga, stretching, walking in nature, tree hugging and bubble baths can all help in reducing stress. For now just pick one relaxing activity and introduce it to your life: practice it a few times a week then eventually daily. Then slowly introduce more and more de-stressing activities.
Just practicing these easy habits will help you reducing inflammation and disease in your life, creating health and happiness on the mind-body-soul level.