One of the most important things you can do to get in control of your health is to stop eating the foods that are causing inflammation in your body! Most of us eat too much, so it’s usually not because of a lack of nutrition, although it could be.
We’re all different. What’s good for you may not be good for me. Basically, it’s all about finding out what’s good for your body and what can decrease the chronic inflammation in your body. Inflammation leads to disease. If you figure it out, the rewards are enormous! You’ll feel younger, be mentally sharper, and you won’t age as fast. Your skin can even look better, and your overall mood will improve.
Since our goal is to keep inflammation to a minimum, we need to avoid the foods that do this to us. Some diseases related to chronic inflammation are cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and more. Inflammation can be caused by food sensitivities, parasites, or infections. Toxins also can lead to inflammation.
So what can we do about this? Reduce the inflammatory load on your body. We need to find out what is going on in our bodies and decrease the inflammation so our bodies can function better and we can feel great too! Eating the wrong foods can cause damage, which can age us faster as well.
The bonus is that when you find out which foods are right for you, you’ll also lose weight easier. It gives you slow and steady weight loss by eating differently, rather than starving yourself. Food cravings and addictions also go away.
If you suffer with migraines, hives, IBS, depression and/or brain fog (among numerous other issues), it could be caused by inflammation from foods you are eating.
Here are some symptoms that may indicate your food is causing your problems:
- Persistent fatigue not helped by rest
- Over- or under-weight or a history of fluctuating weight
- Occasional swellings of the face, hands, abdomen or ankles
- Palpitations, particularly just after eating
- Excessive sweating
- Red or itchy eyes
- Blotches on the skin
- Mouth ulcers
- Dyspepsia, abdominal distress, flatulence
- Abdominal bloating
- Stomach pain
- Variable bowel function
- Unusually slow or rapid heartbeat
- Pain in the chest
- High blood pressure
- Cramps in limbs
- Feeling faint
- Feeling unwell all over
- Stiffness in throat or tongue
- Water retention
- Terrible thoughts on waking
- Shaking in the morning
- Slow getting started in the morning
- Crabby on waking
- Abrupt changes from well to unwell
- Rash that isn’t eczema
- Aching muscles
- Swollen painful joints
- Headache (including migraine)
- Convulsions or fits
- Ringing in the ears
- Frequent urination
- “Dopey” feeling (brain fog)
- Inability to think clearly (“woolly brain”)
- Panic attacks
- Feeling unreal, depersonalized
- Lack of confidence
- Mood swings
- Sudden sneezing
- High mood (undue elation)
- Low mood
- Mood swings
- Menstrual difficulties
- General slowing down
- General speeding up
- Tingling all over
- Vomiting without nausea
- Sudden tiredness after eating
- Sudden chills after eating
- Feeling totally drained and exhausted
- Eating binges
- “Flu-like state” that isn’t really flu
If you have 5 or more of these things going on, you probably suffer from hidden food sensitivities or infections.
The good news: You can make some changes and see dramatic results!
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How do we stop our skin from aging so rapidly? As we grow older, skin cells regenerate more slowly, which makes it difficult to repair itself. Our skin thins because of fewer hormones. The skin becomes drier and more fragile.
Stock up on the following foods to help your skin stay younger looking:
- Berries: These can help with sun damage
- Kiwis: Vitamin C helps fight free radicals
- Green or White Tea: Protects skin from sagging & provides antioxidants
- Flaxseed Oil: Keeps skin moist & toned
- Greens: Helps prevent calcification with vitamin K
- Dark Chocolate: Gives skin a youthful appearance & protects you from UV light
- Tomatoes: Lycopene protects from UV radiation
- Carrots: Vitamin A helps the skin from appearing dry & scaly
- Avocadoes: Vitamin E helps reduce the sun’s harmful effects and combats collagen breakdown
If you eat a healthy diet of all of these foods, you can help your skin look more youthful and vibrant! Eating healthy is always better than trying to get everything from supplements.
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