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Week 5 - Fighting Inflammation

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is the body's response to injury. When injury occurs the lymphatic (immune) system springs into action, bringing the immune systems army of white blood cells to the area of concern, via increased blood flow and the appearance of inflammation.

Acute inflammation works to heal wounds, injuries and infection, making it a necessary protective function...but if inflammation persists for a prolonged period of time, it becomes chronic inflammation and can result in an infection, autoimmune reaction, or allergy.

Chronic inflammation causes oxidation in the body, which is linked to an increased risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, obesity and many others.

How to fight it?

Inflammation doesn't have to be a part of everyday life. There are many different plant based foods, herbal remedies and spices you can incorporate into your daily life that will help you to reduce or prevent inflammation in your body.

This is done through the high anti-oxidant levels and the presence of anti-inflammatory nutrient that give the body exactly what it needs to reduce inflammation, fight off infections and to optimise your health.

BEETS

The high nitrate content of beets may also help dilate blood vessels. This can help lower blood pressure and increase the amount of oxygen delivered to the cells.

LEAFY GREENS

From kale and spinach to boy choy, when combined with balsamic vinegar, are the highest antioxidant foods on the planet.

CARROTS

Carrots are high in the antioxidant Vitamin A which plays a role in keeping your immune system from over-reacting and causing inflammation.

NUTS AND SEEDS

Flax seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation.

Brazil nuts contain selenium which stimulates the immune response.

GRAPES

High in resveratrol, a mineral that helps to reduce inflammation and is seen to increase longevity and life expectancy.

BERRIES

Dark deep purples and reds are a high sign of high antioxidant levels.

CACAO

High in magnesium, a mineral that has over 300 actions in the body.

PINEAPPLE

High in Bromelain, it has been shown to reduce inflammation in the muscles and joints.

SPICES

Tumeric - Cinnamon - Garlic - Clove - Ginger

HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS

White Willow Bark - Matcha Green Tea - Aloe Vera - Devil's Claw Root