A Question Of Inflammation
As a follow up to our post this week on the importance of looking after our digestive system
, the other key area that we need to address for alkaline longevity is inflammation. In short, acid forming foods will lead to inflammation and excess mucus production. Inflammation can manifest itself in a number of ways - some of which you may not be aware of. Here are just a few examples:
- A constant runny nose
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Arthritis and swollen joints
- Crohn's disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Heart disease
If you are prone to any of the above, a trip to the doctor will most likely involve chemical antibiotics, harsh hydrocortisone creams and generally synthetic medication. But there are so many ways to reduce the inflammation in your body through the foods that you eat. Remember that foods high in sugar and saturated fat are going to encourage inflammation. Alkaline foods are therefore the choices to look for - ingredients such as the below are key:
Chia seeds: Chia is one of the most potent sources of plant based omega 3. Omega 3 is the ultimate anti-inflammatory food. Try this Layered Breakfast Pot Recipe.
Whole Grains: With a higher fibre content than refined grains, whole grains are a must to fight inflammation. Pearl Barley & Spinach Risotto is a great place to start.
Dark Leafy Greens: An alkaline staple full of inflammation fighting vitamin E. Start the day with a Green Smoothie for a morning dose of greens.
Nuts: Almonds are possibly the strongest fighter of inflammation, but as with all nuts, the presence of essential fatty acids and Omega 3 makes them all a must eat. This Beetroot & Walnut Dip is the perfect snack with bucket loads vital nutrition.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon reduces inflammation as well as being naturally sweet, so reducing bloating – a flat tummy super-nutrient! Add a teaspoon to your Bircher Muesli in the mornings.
Beetroot: Being full of vitamin C, a top source of fibre and beta-carotene beetroot is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Try these Beetroot Quinoa Burgers.
Ginger & turmeric: Turmeric is said to turn off a protein called NF cappa B which is responsible for triggering inflammation. Read more on the power of turmeric in the fight against cancer.
Garlic: Garlic is our food source soldier for fighting free radicals. By keeping them at bay, we are fighting inflammation at the same time.
Berries: Blueberries are fantastic for preventing intestinal inflammation while raspberries can help with arthritis due to increased levels of anthocyanins (the chemical that gives them their bright colour). Try our Blueberry Super Smoothie.