Do you suffer from diminished feelings of well-being? Do you have occasional bouts of brain fog and headaches? You could be living with thyroid dysfunction or other health disorders that are impacting your cognitive function.
The primary cause for the majority of illnesses and physiological disorders is an elevated level of inflammation in the body. Inflammation occurs in the nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, and lymphatic systems where it disrupts normal biological and metabolic functions, exposing the body to infection and disease.
It’s the Inflammation
The food we eat is responsible for the majority of inflammation in our bodies. Refined carbohydrates and processed foods have a very high inflammatory effect on the GI tract. Trillions of live bacteria called gut biomes live in your gut.
These biomes are responsible for absorbing the nutrition from your food after digestion. Inflammation disturbs the delicate balance the gut biomes need to thrive and instead, they lose their assimilation efficiency.
The lack of absorption leads to a drop in metabolic function and critical metabolic processes such as immune response is impaired. Inflammation can spread from the digestive system to the neural system, where it slows thinking, and creates migraines, and feelings of lethargy.
Inflammation accumulates over time, and high levels of inflammation over an extended period puts the body at risk of contracting infection and conditions such as Hashimoto’s disease.
Fight Inflammation with Your Diet
By eliminating all sources of refined flour, gluten, dairy, sugar, and Trans saturated fats from your diet, you will dramatically reduce the level of digestive system inflammation.
This drop in inflammation will improve the assimilation of your food, giving you better standards of energy, and helping you avoid lethargy and afternoon energy crashes. Life is better with less inflammation, and it’s easy to achieve with a sensible diet.
Your diet should consist mainly of healthy fat sources. Fat has been demonized by the media to be responsible for harmful health conditions.
However, it is refined carbohydrates that are responsible for inflammation and other diseases such as diabetes and obesity that have risen to near epidemic levels in society.
Coconut oil, eggs, fatty fishes such as salmon and tuna, fish oil, nuts, and nut butter are all examples of foods that are high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These essential fatty acids have a low-inflammatory effect on the GI tract, and they do not spike insulin production.
Instead, they digest slowly, providing a prolonged energy release throughout the day. Healthy fats have protective and preventative effects on internal organs such as the liver, heart, and kidneys. Essential fatty acids have been shown to reduce overall cholesterol levels while decreasing bad cholesterol particles and increasing good cholesterol in the blood.
A plant-based diet is most effective for a detoxifying cleanse. Make sure that you consume plenty of leafy dark green vegetables and cruciferous plants in your diet.
These veggies are high in fiber and plant phytosterols that have an antioxidant effect on the body. Drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day.
Water helps elevate thyroid function and metabolic rate. If you can handle the taste of green tea, try to get in two to three cups per day. Green tea has a powerful antioxidant effect on the body.
For those that cannot deal with the strong taste of the tea, grab a concentrated green tea supplement and add it to your diet.
The Final Thought
Recovering from inflammatory diseases related to a poor diet and inactive lifestyle takes time. You cannot expect to go from your current state of health to perfectly healthy overnight.
Baby steps are what is needed on your journey to good health.