After hibernating all winter, we are ready to wake up! Heavy foods and less activity can leave us feeling sluggish, and there’s no better time than now to detoxify and get back that spring in our step!
Often the cause of lethargy, aches and pains is inflammation. When we reduce inflammation at a cellular level we also have less brain fog, leading to a better choice of foods to fuel your body. Making just a few small changes, therefore, can see you galloping toward good health.
What causes inflammation?
The most common food triggers for inflammation are sugar, wheat, dairy, red meat, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods. These foods break down to become quite acidic, becoming a breeding ground for disease. Other factors that can cause inflammation include stress, injury, medication and illness.
What can we do?
Limiting your intake of these foods will help reduce inflammation levels. There are also foods you can add to your diet to help lower inflammation, including:
Omega 3 oil sources, such as oily fish, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. Other healthy oils include avocado, olive and macadamia oil.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower and leafy greens (these are high in glutathione, which is a strong antioxidant).
Fruits, berries and vegetables that are brightly coloured are rich in vitamins, minerals and phyto chemicals. Be sure to eat these foods as whole to maximise their fibre and antioxidant properties.
Keep up your water intake, making sure you drink two litres a day. Adding lemon juice can help to alkalise (otherwise known as reduce acidity) in your body.
Following the guidelines above will help reduce inflammation in your body, leading to better health; however, we are all different. You may want to consider an Ayurveda consultation, which looks at our individual constitution with more specific needs considered, to further your knowledge.
The triangle of food we’re all so familiar with, as well as your mood and movement, are all interlinked, and an adjustment in one element will affect the others. It doesn’t matter which side you start on; any change is a step towards getting that spring back in your step.