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Top 5 anti-inflammatory foods

and why chronic inflammation harms your body

Inflamed - Your body and inflammatory processes

Inflammation is the body’s response to irritation, infection and injury.
To a small extent, inflammation is actually necessary for the body because it helps it fight pathogens such as bacteria and plays a role in repair processes. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is problematic and can attack the body’s own tissues.
Scientists now believe that low-level chronic inflammation plays an important role in nearly all chronic Western diseases, including heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, and various degenerative diseases.

While there are many medications available to treat chronic inflammation, prolonged use can lead to later complications or side effects. Because no drug is without side effects. Also on our retreats we pay attention to an inflammation-reducing diet in order to give the body the opportunity to rest during this time.

Nature instead of chemistry

For a natural approach to fighting inflammation, there are many different herbs, spices and foods that have fantastic anti-inflammatory properties and can easily be incorporated into your diet.

5 SIMPLE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS,
THE ONES YOU CAN INCLUDE IN YOUR MEAL PLAN

KURKUMA

We all know turmeric by now. It is the spice that gives curry, and not only, its yellow color. In India, it has been used as a spice and medicinal plant for thousands of years. Turmeric contains curcumin, an active ingredient that can help fight a variety of viral infections and has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Curcumin is highly anti-inflammatory and can help with chronic inflammation. Curcumin is unfortunately poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, but in combination with black pepper, which contains piperine, absorption is enhanced and supported. Consuming turmeric is not a panacea for all inflammation, but it is a natural ingredient with no side effects that is certainly useful.

INGWER

Ginger has been used in cooking and medicine since ancient times.
Ginger is rich in nutrients and bioactive compounds that have great benefits for the body and brain.
The use of ginger in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine has a long tradition. It has been used to aid digestion, relieve nausea and fight flu, colds and more.
Ginger is rich in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can reduce the risk of infection.

Blueberries / Blueberries

Tiny, tasty berries that bring a whole host of health benefits. Blueberries contain little sugar and a lot of fiber. In addition to a variety of anti-inflammatory properties, blueberries are also rich in antioxidants and contain vitamins A, C, and E.
The antioxidant that gives blueberries their characteristic color is anthocyanin.

BLACK PEPPER

Black pepper is one of the most widely used spices in the world.
It is even considered the “king of spices” and has been used for thousands of years in ancient Ayurvedic medicine because it contains a high concentration of potent, beneficial phytochemicals.
As stated before, studies have shown that black pepper can increase the absorption of the active ingredient curcumin by up to 2,000%, due to the plant compound piperine.
Piperine is also known for its strong antioxidant properties.
Black pepper may increase the absorption of essential nutrients such as calcium and selenium, as well as some beneficial phytochemicals found in green tea and turmeric.

Kale

Kale has long been considered a boring overcooked vegetable with bacon which is served at Christmas, however, it has received a new fresh coat of paint and is now considered a domestic superfood. And rightly so. It has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties.

It is a great source for
Dietary fiber
Vitamins A, C and K
Amino acids
Iron
Calcium
Magnesium

FOOD AS MEDICINE

For thousands of years, plants have been used for their powerful medicinal properties and to flavor and aromatize food.
In holistic nutritional counseling, where you and your body are specifically addressed, anti-inflammatory nutrition is often in the foreground, as these are the cause of many dysfunctions.
To get you started, you can find our anti-inflammatory tonic recipe HERE. It’s super quick to prepare and helps you reduce inflammation in your body in the long term with just one shot, bringing it back into balance.

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