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How An Anti-Inflammatory Diet Will Change Your Life

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.

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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.

 

The 5 Best Ways to Prevent Knee Pain

What is one of the most used – and overused – parts of the body? 

If you guessed your knees, you are correct! Because this system of muscles, joints, and ligaments get used all the time for almost every movement you can think of, it is at an increased risk for injury, stiffness, and chronic pain. 

There is A LOT of information out there about how to keep your knees feeling their very best. To be honest, not all of it is good information. That’s why I put together this list of the best ways to prevent knee pain. 

You know me – I like to help you take prehabilitative and preventive measures to ensure that you stay in the best shape and live your most comfortable life! 

Don’t let knee pain stop you – get ready for an active, adventurous summer! 

  1. GET MOVING: I have said it before and I will say it again – motion is lotion! Achey, shaky knees are often craving some movement. Gentle movement – please do not go run a half marathon! Warming up the muscle group around your knees stimulates joint fluid and actually works to lubricate your joints. This makes movement more comfortable and less painful. Which is exactly what you want!

  2. USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR NATURAL PAIN RELIEF: Did you go on a super long walk? Good for you, get those steps in! If you’re feeling soreness in your knees afterward, try this. Add a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil to coconut oil or other carrier oil and rub on your knees. Eucalyptus and peppermint have properties that reduce inflammation and ease pain, making it the perfect natural remedy for stiffness and aching knees. It will be easier to get up and moving again in no time!

  3. CHECK YOUR SHOES: Make sure that your shoes are providing you with adequate support. Are your arches caving in? Do your heels feel supported? You are likely putting extra strain on your knees if your shoes are not supporting your feet. Without proper support, every step you take, every move you make will cause knee pain for you..! All joking aside, your feet need to be balanced in order for your whole body to remain balanced. When you’re imbalanced, it causes your knees to overwork or overcompensates, leading to that annoying aching feeling.

  4. A HEALTHY DIET IS THE BEES KNEES (pun-intended): Try to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet. Less bleached grains, more vegetables and fruits that have vitamins, C, D, and E – all of which combat inflammation in the body. If you eat fish, try to choose those high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, mackerel, and tuna. Use turmeric, which is high in curcumin and proven to reduce inflammation, to spice up your cooking. I actually think turmeric is amazing on potatoes – par-boil, add to a pan with coconut oil or avocado oil, salt, turmeric, onions, garlic – fry it all up!

  5. INCREASE YOUR WATER INTAKE: Your body is never functioning at its best if it is lacking proper hydration.  The body is made up of 70% water and most of your joint fluid is comprised of water.   Actual liquid helps keep everything operating smoothly in your body, from digestion to detox systems, to muscle and joint movement.  Aim for at least 8 glasses of water a day.  Start every day first thing with a glass of water in the morning.

I hope this wellness wisdom helps you navigate and resolve some of your daily aches and pains. I am dedicated to providing the best service to each and every Yoga Prehab member. 

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Cuckoo for Coconut Water

You’ve probably seen various brands of coconut water in the grocery store, gas station, health food store, the neighborhood bodega – it’s basically everywhere. 

And for good reason! Coconut water is full of potassium and magnesium, both of which are vital nutrients for healthy organ function and useful in supporting muscle recovery and lubricating your joints effectively. Truly, the perfect workout drink!

When you’re sweating and exercising, you want to be replacing electrolytes into your body. Through sweating and activity, your body utilizes and sweats out certain important nutrients. To aid in recovery and to combat potential fatigue, refueling those electrolytes is super important. 

Potassium and magnesium are excellent for muscle recovery and combatting fatigue after some serious exercise. Sodium, still an important electrolyte, can also be found in coconut water, although not in as high of an amount as other electrolyte beverages. 

And unlike other popular sports drinks and electrolyte beverages, coconut water isn’t loaded with tons of sugars, dyes, or excess ingredients. Oftentimes those sports drinks have extra carbs, calories, and sugars that you just don’t need. Of all the electrolyte-filled beverage options on the market, coconut water is for sure the healthiest. Keep it simple with coconut water and give your body only what it really needs. 

In addition to being a great drink during and after workouts, I actually love coconut water in smoothies as well, as it gives an extra boost of magnesium and potassium while keeping the flavor the same. Sometimes adding milk substitutes like almond milk and oat milk, among others can make a smoothie feel heavy or dense, whereas coconut water keeps it really light, refreshing, and hydrating. Sometimes that super creamy smoothie is what you’re craving, other times maybe you’re in the mood for something lighter. In those instances, coconut water does the trick!

I have a habit of drinking a ton of coconut water when I’m in Tulum, MX to help beat the heat and recharge from time working out or time in the sun. 

For skincare, coconut and coconut water is definitely trending as an active ingredient. One creative tip for hydrating your face with coconut is to utilize it as a facial spray, especially in hot and humid weather. You can refrigerate a tiny spray bottle, being sure to refresh the coconut water and clean the bottle every 7-10 days. 

Coconut water is now super accessible, great for replenishing electrolytes lost through sweating, and packed with potassium and magnesium for joint protection and muscle recovery!

Try out my favorite Muscle Recovery Smoothie:

1/2 an avocado from Mexico

1 cup fresh pineapple (frozen works too)

1/2 medium banana

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 cup coconut water

3–4 ice cubes

  • Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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