There is something that most of us need to lose even more than extra pounds. We need to lose excess internal inflammation. Many diets ignore this topic completely. But until you reduce the inflammation, your body will be like a pogo stick. Your weight will go up down, up down, up down…you get my point.
Through my daily scopes on Periscope, I’ve realized that many people don’t fully understand the importance of fighting inflammation. So, no more living in the dark! Reducing what is inflammatory can help you not only look better, but become more energetic, happier, and vibrant.
And keep in mind that this is a process. It doesn’t happen just from eating a specific superfood or from buying a certain supplement But that’s OK. There are many paths to feeling good, both body and spirit. You have to find the method that works for your body. So enjoy the process.
7 easy things you can do right now to ease inflammation
Meditate, do yoga or just take 10 deep breaths from the diaphragm – Stress is extremely inflammatory. So make emotional self care and stress relief a priority. Take little breaks within the day, even if just for a minute or two. If you feel stress creeping into your shoulders, take a few breaths and ask yourself to let go.
Leave your shoes at the door – Your shoes carry toxins into your home. And then when you walk, you spread the contamination When you have carpet in the home, these toxins become that more difficult to remove. So remove your shoes and leave inflammation at the door.
Cook and buy processed foods without vegetable oils – These include oils like sunflower oil, canola oil and salfflower oil. These oils are very inflammatory due to their high omega-6 fatty acid profile. They also become rancid when heated. Instead cook with coconut oil, olive oil, vegetable or bone broth, low-sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos.
Wear non-toxic makeup – Have you read the label of your favorite cosmetic product? Most contain 20 to 40 different chemicals. Crazy! I talked a few weeks ago about making your own homemade cosmetics. But don’t feel homemade cosmetics are the only answer. Try one of the many brands available that are non-toxic or reduced chemicals.
Don’t burn your meat – Here’s something scary. The government has actually declared burned meat as carcinogenic. The process of cooking beef, chicken, pork, or fish to a crisp actually changes the chemical composition of what you’re eating, resulting in the formation of toxic chemicals HCA and PAH. These chemicals are more easily formed at high temperatures like when grilling And the end result is a state of inflammation. Cook at lower heat to be safe.
Throw out your artificial sweeteners – Many are still consuming artificial sweeteners for the low calorie content. But this artificial sweetener nonsense should end once and for all. Even healthier sounding artificial sweeteners like Truvia, are synthetic. And the body reacts to them very similarly to anything else chemical-based or toxic. And while you might save calories, the inflammation will still fast-forward you into fat storing mode. If you want a better quality sweetener, try whole leaf stevia instead.
Increase your intake of beneficial bacteria – Bacterial imbalances in the gut are common. They might originate from a history of eating too much sugar, a history of antibiotics or a history of birth control pills. And this imbalance in the gut will causes chaos and inflammation throughout the body. You can help re-populate your gut with much needed bacteria by eating fermented foods like kimchi, kombucha(unsweetened), kefir and sauerkraut. Or if the bacterial imbalance has become more advanced, a good quality probiotic can help ease the inflammation.
How to Begin:
When you begin a weight loss program, your first agenda should be healing, not starving. You will never lose long-term weight while you are fighting inflammation. Read that sentence again and really let it sink in. Any weight loss program must address this issue. Otherwise, you are selling yourself short.
You are worth long-term results. You are worth not having to fight the same battle over and over again. You are worth more than just putting a band-aid on your health when you have the opportunity to really live and thrive.
As I said at the beginning, fighting inflammation is a process. Be patient with yourself if it doesn’t happen overnight and be willing to explore different paths. But the end result will be worth any sacrifice. Because when you calm the inflammation, you regain back not just control of your body, but also power over your life.