Ever feel bloated? Experience brain fog and sluggishness? Maybe you’re slow to get out of bed, or it takes you a while to really wake up. While a good night of sleep and coffee can help, you can’t out sleep, outrun, or outwork a bad diet. And sometimes your diet might be more of a problem than you know!
The diet I am talking about isn’t one where you curb carbs or eliminate fats – you need a well-rounded holistic diet to really improve your overall health. And if you’ve got joint pain and stiffness, take note!
An anti-inflammatory diet is what I’m talking about. This diet is geared toward getting you the nutrition you need, but eliminating foods that are scientifically and medically proven to cause inflammation.
Here’s the thing – inflammation in your body is actually normal – think about when your muscles are sore, or your ankle swells and gets inflamed after you roll it. Inflammation can be a sign of your body working hard to protect and heal itself.
However, prolonged or chronic inflammation is not good. If you are constantly eating foods that cause inflammation, you are making your body work overtime, which can lead to other more serious health problems. Chronic inflammation can even cause exhaustion and brain fog.
Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, asthma, depression, heart disease, and more can be caused or worsened by chronic inflammation. By decreasing inflammation and triggers – such as inflammatory foods – you can stop some of these chronic inflammation issues before they even begin.
Firstly, try to buy organic – organic food is free of harmful pesticides. Toxicity from pesticides can cause inflammation as your body is digesting the food.
Get yourself some Omega-3 Fatty Acids (like in salmon)! There are many types of fish that can impart beneficial oils into your diet. Think about these healthy oils like lubricant – for your joints, for your digestion – it keeps everything running smoothly. It’s also crucial to brain health! You can even opt for fish oil supplements to give your body an extra, daily, boost.
Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory, used for centuries in Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East as a healthy, balancing, spice. You can easily add to various foods or enjoy in the form of a Golden Milk Latte (see recipe below). In order for turmeric to be bio-available, it’s best to pair with pepper or pepperine.
Diet and anti-inflammatory nutrition are so essential to eliminating joint pain and living your best life, which is why Yoga Prehab ™ has brought on a new certified nutrition specialist! The Membership will now include seasonal meal plans in addition to body-rejuvenating courses and full-length yoga classes!
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EASY GOLDEN LATTE
- 2 cups of almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk (or a combination!)
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger (or grate in a few pinches of fresh ginger)
- 1 whole cinnamon stick or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- Sweetener of choice, such as maple syrup, coconut sugar to taste
To a small saucepan, add coconut milk, almond milk, ground turmeric, ground ginger, cinnamon stick, coconut oil, black pepper, and your sweetener of choice.
Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot to the touch but not boiling, about 3-4 minutes, whisking frequently.
Turn off heat and taste to adjust flavor. Add more sweetener to taste or more turmeric or ginger for a more intense flavor.
Serve immediately, discarding the cinnamon stick. Best enjoyed fresh, although leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or microwave until hot.