You’ve heard of anti-inflammatory medications and anti-inflammatory diets, but do you really know what inflammation is? Nutritionist, Lucy Stewart, takes a look at some of the foods that can help you to reduce inflammation in your body.
Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response. It’s one of our defence mechanisms that helps to fight off foreign invaders, heal injuries and mop up debris. While acute inflammation is a necessary response for the body to start the healing process, chronic inflammation can be problematic and has been linked to a long list of health concerns and inflammatory diseases.
Poor sleep, excessive exercise, stress, smoking, alcohol and poor diet all contribute to inflammation. One way we can help combat inflammation is through what we eat. Choosing a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help to regulate the immune system and reduce our long-term health risks.
Here are five of the best foods to help reduce inflammation:
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Whatever your fitness goals, I’m here to help you reach them. I’ve rounded-up 101 of my best fitness tips into a long list of awesomeness. Now, you don’t need to do all 101 (your brain would get a workout trying to remember all of them!), but try incorporating a few into your daily routine each week and watch your health change. Got it? Good. Then, let’s get down to business.
General Fitness Tips
1. Move your body everyday of the week
Remember to prioritize movement, not just the concept of “exercise.” Even on days you don’t get a workout in, be sure you take a walk, stretch, stand, or dance! Your body was meant to move: enjoy it.
2. Schedule exercise like an appointment
Write down exactly when you are going to workout in your calendar or planner. You are the boss of you. And you wouldn’t cancel and appointment with the boss, would you?
3. Follow the 80/20 rule
Eat healthy 80 percent of the time. Indulge occasionally, but make sure most of your choices are healthy.
4. Add some muscle building activities to your weekly workouts
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