In class Monday… I learned much about anti-inflammatory lifestyles. It always pleases me to learn more, be reminded of what I do know and inspired to share the knowledge with others.
There are two kinds of inflammation, one that you feel when you hurt yourself or feel pain from within your body, and the other you do not feel because it is silent inside your body.
What causes inflammation…free radicals. Free radicals are highly charge molecules with an unpaired electron… looking for a mate by charging around inside your body like a ping pong ball. When they find an electron on another molecule, they take it and that molecule dies.
We all experience inflammation in our daily lives through: stress, breathing, foods we eat, beverages we drink, exercise and basically living.
Now, it is not time to give up on living… that would be silly! We can address inflammation by making changes to our lifestyle, what we eat, drink, exercise and reducing stress.
There are many excellent foods that help reduce inflammation and refined, processed and manufactured foods are NOT it. Eating more vegetables, some fruit and quality fats such as a quality extra virgin olive oil ARE very beneficial to reducing inflammation. Eating foods that are fresh, clean and toxin free is a great place to begin.
If you eat processed, refined, manufactured foods… try crowding them out by adding in some fresh vegetables and fruit… over time you will be eating more foods that benefit your body.
It is the antioxidants in food that reduce inflammation by giving the free radicals their missing electron, how do you know if you are getting enough antioxidants to address the level of inflammation in your body? Well you don’t.
That is why taking a high quality, pharmaceutical grade vitamin (not found on store shelves) is insurance for the gaps you may have in your diet. Vitamins are not a replacement for eating real food, just an insurance plan for your body.
On a final note, I would like to remind everyone to remember to breathe deeply, this is one effective way to reduce and manage stress. Here is a short, one minute technique, twice a day or when stressed.
Breathe out your air… push it out… breathe in for count of 4… hold for count of 7…. push out breath for count of 8… repeat this cycle 4 times. That’s it! One minute twice a day… because you are worth it!
The picture of the flowers I took on my morning run… they stopped me in my tracks with their beauty and I remembered to breathe and captured them to share with you 🙂
If you have any comments or questions… I would love to hear from you!
Have a great day, be inspired or inspire someone !