How to Decrease Inflammation While Celebrating the Holidays

  • While it seems to be difficult to avoid eating foods that have inflammatory properties during the holidays, it is still advised to avoid these as much as possible.
  • Inflammation causes a lot of major health issues these days.
  • Ways to avoid such foods include exercise, and adding probiotics and turmeric in your diet.

Inflammation is among the main culprits to almost every major health problem. While most traditional holiday dishes are loaded with ingredients that trigger inflammation, it’s important to avoid these triggers as much as possible.  Here are a few strategies you can employ so you can still emerge from the season feeling better instead of worse.

1. Prepare Beforehand

When you eat out, make sure to check menus ahead of time so you know your options, or what you can and cannot substitute. If you know that you won’t have the best options, you can eat in advance.

2. Team up with a friend

Finding a friend who can encourage you to stick with your goals, and vice versa, and team up with during events can make the journey to good health less lonely.

3. Drink alcohol in moderation

Indulge responsibly, and go for cocktails loaded with gut-healing, anti-inflammatory ingredients such as ginger, kombucha, water, or coconut kefir. Enjoy alcohols in moderation such as grain-free ones like hard cider, tequila, brandy, cognac, rum and most especially red wine which has shown to decrease inflammatory CRP.

4. Continue exercising

Exercising keeps inflammations at bay. Workouts such as yoga and tai chi are powerful inflammation calmers according to studies. So make sure your days are filled with movement too.

5. Exercise self-care

This may be a season for giving, but it is still important to make yourself your top priority. Stress has been blamed for various health issues. Research says a daily dose of 12 minutes of meditation can greatly decrease inflammation. The Danish concept of hygge, which refers to the art of cozy best practiced during the colder months.

6. Skip the junk food

Focus on easy real foods for snacks instead of deep-fried chips and crunchy snacks that are usually coated in inflammatory oils like canola and soybean. Opt for raw, soaked, or lightly toasted nuts and seeds; hummus and vegetables; nut cheese, almond flour crackers, cassava tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole dips.

7. Share the healthy foods

During holiday gatherings, show your family how delicious clean eating can be by sharing healthy foods such as plant-based keto recipes that you enjoy.

8. Put in some turmeric

Curcumin, found in turmeric, is known for its inflammation-fighting abilities. While cooking with turmeric is good for your wellness routine, taking a supplement of 10 grams a day is more effective to harness its anti-inflammatory capabilities.

9. Arm yourself with probiotics

Getting a probiotic dosage of at least 10 billion CFUs that has Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains can ensure your gut is getting the proper nutrients it needs to thrive and fight inflammation.

Source: Mind Body Green


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