5 Ways to Reduce Inflammation
This is the first of my new blog series, “5 Ways To…” over the next couple months, I will be covering various topics, all centered around the theme of 5 Way To. The series will include things like weight loss, improving sleep, and cutting sugar cravings. Keep following my blog to read the complete series!
Turmeric is finally getting the hype it deserves. It is a spice commonly found in Indian dishes like curry that comes from the turmeric plant. It is a root, in the same family as ginger. Curcumin, the property in turmeric, is a natural pain reliever, reduces joint inflammation, and is a strong antioxidant. Turmeric boosts your immune system and fights inflammation. Several studies have been done to show turmeric’s amazing properties. You can add turmeric to vegetables and meats, or make turmeric tea. You can find my recipe for my “golden detox” drink here.
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Collagen is one of my favorite supplements to take daily.. It is the most abundant form of protein in our bodies and considered the “glue” that holds us together. Collagen is a protein that you can purchase in a powder form, coming from cows and with some brands, marine animals. If you are experiencing inflammation, your gut health is out of whack. Collagen is a easy, and fantastic way to heal your intestinal lining. Not only will it help your gut, but in time you will notice thicker hard and rock solid fingernails. Add collagen as a protein supplement to your smoothies or in your coffee. Collagen has no taste. I recommend Vital Proteins or Further Food. You can purchase both on Amazon, and Vital Proteins at Whole Foods. If you purchase Further Food you can use my discount code WHOLEBODYHEALING10 to receive 10% off your order.
3. Eliminate or Reduce Grains
While grains can be a healthy option for certain people, if you are experiencing inflammation they are actually contributing to your inflammation. Eliminating or reducing grains for even a short period of time could make a significant difference if you experience symptoms like joint pain, indigestion, or headaches. You might think I don’t eat that many grains but even small doses “healthy” grains like quinoa or brown rice can contribute to your negative side effects. If you find yourself missing the “crunch” that grains provide try eating grain-free chips like Siete or Terra Root Vegetable Chips.
Frankincense is an essential oil. The oil has a strong aroma and many benefits. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and can help symptoms like indigestions, joint pain, trouble sleeping, and stress. You can try applying frankincense topically to your wrists. I recommend adding 2-3 drops to a bath for a relaxing soak. Be careful not to add more than 3 drops! If you add too much it can easily irritate your skin causing a burning sensation.
5. Dry Brushing
What is your body’s largest organ and therefore the organ that absorbs the majority of toxins? Your SKIN! Therefore, it is extremely important to detox your skin, which as a result will fight off inflammation. Dry brushing is like it sounds-you are brushing your skin. Purchase the pictured brush, making sure to buy non-synthetic bristles. Start at your ankles, working your way up toward your heart. Move the brush in a circular motion. For the backside of your body, start at your neck and work your way down your back. Dry brushing recharges your lymphatic system, detoxes your skin/body, gets rid of dead skin cells, and may also give you an extra burst of energy. This is why I recommend adding this to your morning routine. Dry brushing is a methodology that might be “out there” with no hard evidence…but I add it to my why not! list of things to do and try. Be sure to rinse off after dry brushing or applying lotion.
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