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Anti-inflammatory Practices

Published on: November 02, 2015 00:35

Inflammation is at the root of many health concerns including depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimers, MS, autism, arthritis, heart disease, Chron's disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and many others.

Adopting an anti-inflammatory diet can have a mirad of positive benefits for these conditions as well as improving general health. 

Minimize/Avoid:

Increase consumption of:

 

Turmeric

Use turmeric in cooking and/or as take as a supplement. It has anti-inflammatory and blood cleansing properties.

Ginger Tea

Drinking ginger tea (if he isn't overdoing it on blood thinners) helps reduce over all inflammation, cleanses the blood and helps with promoting healthier prostate/bladder function. Just slice or grate fresh ginger, about 1 tsp per 1 cup boiling water.

Chamomile Tea

This really helps calm the nerves. It can aid sleep and reduces fear, anger and anxiety. (You could make ginger-chamomile and have the benefits of both). 

Leafy Greens

Eat at least one serving of organic cooked leafy greens daily....broccoli, kale, whatever. We need as much magnesium and as many B vitamins as we can get.

Seaweed

Seaweed is high in trace as well as other important minerals including iodine and potassium.

Fermented Foods

Eating homemade fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchee aids digestion, increases gut flora diversity and they are full of enzymes.

Bone Broth

Make bone broth by boiling down organic bones with a little salt and apple cider vinegar. It is very nourishing, especially for the elderly and unwell. You can make it into soup with veggies and organic meat from the bones or just drink it as broth. 

Nutrients: Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin C, Magnesium, and B Vitamins (B2, B6 and B12), iodine, omega 3's/coconut oil/cod liver oil as well as probiotics are very beneficial for the brain and gut, memory and mood. You can look for quality supplements, but should definitely  increase dietary sources.

Adopt anti-inflammatory practices:

Walk

Swim

Meditate

Practice Yoga

Organize and clean your space

Spend time outside