If you are experiencing aches, pains, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or acid reflux, it’s probably due to excess inflammation in your body.
Stress, injuries, diet, food sensitivities and sugar can all cause inflammation in our body, which then leads to aches, chronic illness and disease.
Now not all inflammation is bad. When we cut our finger or bang our knee and the area gets red and inflamed that is the body’s natural response and how the body begins to heal.
The problem with inflammation is the chronic or silent kind, the kind that gets triggered and doesn’t turn off. Chronic inflammation causes health issues like fatigue, fibromyalgia, IBS, constipation, headaches, skin conditions, joint pain, weight gain, low energy, poor sleep, allergies and food sensitivities.
I think many people think of a food allergy or sensitivity in that they eat a food and they react instantly, but ninety five percent of food sensitivities are delayed and can happen up to 72 hours after you ingest a food. Delayed reactions are much more common, yet many people are unaware because it happens hours or days after you eat a certain food. This type of reaction can cause a wide range of problems like weight gain, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, moodiness, sinus issues, eczema, joint pain and more.
How do you know if you are allergic or sensitive to foods?
An elimination diet is where you remove foods that you suspect may be causing you issues and get to a place or baseline where your symptoms are gone, then you re-introduce foods back into your diet one at a time and see if your symptoms return. If the symptoms return, food sensitivity is suspected.
Elimination diets are one of the best ways to pinpoint food sensitivities.
Ways to calm inflammation, aches and pains
For those of you with chronic aches and pains and other health issues, following an anti-inflammatory diet is a sure way to keep inflammation in your body at bay.
Stay away from processed foods (foods that come in a package), dairy, unhealthy fats (trans-fats) and sugar. Concentrate on eating more alkaline foods like leafy green vegetables, spinach, kale, lettuce, cucumber, broccoli, celery and avocado which will help to fight inflammation in your body.
Here’s the recipe to this powerful salad.
- 1 romaine, chopped
- ½ bunch of kale, chopped
- 3-4 green onions, chopped
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for a few hours in water)
- 1 large garlic clove
- 2 table spoon fresh parsley
- 2 table spoon fresh dill
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ½ cucumber
- 1 tea spoon sea salt
- 3 table spoon olive oil
- 6 table spoon water
How to Prepare:
Rinse and drain cashews. Chop lettuce, kale and onions and put them in a large salad bowl. In a high speed blender mix avocado, garlic, cashews, parsley, dill, lemon juice, salt, cucumber, oil and add water slowly. Blend until desired consistency. Mix dressing into salad greens and serve.
You can consume this salad as much as you desire, there are no side effects or unexpected result. Enjoy!
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