Inflammation, also known as oxidative stress, affects our bodies in two ways. One more commonly known way is the response our body has after an injury such as redness, swelling, heat or pain associated with a specific event or trauma. The second way is calledcellular inflammation which often goes unnoticed as it is typically asymptomatic.
Inflammation is what happens when your body does not have enough antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals and toxic elements within your body. Oxidative stress & chronic inflammation are some of the leading causes of disease and dysfunction in your body and can also be the cause of low energy, brain fog, joint pain and a range of other symptoms.
Some typical causes of oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are:
- Air & water pollution
- Artificial food colors, flavors and preservatives
- Being Sedentary
- Certain medications and/or treatments
- Chemical cleaning supplies and personal care products
- Hydrogenated vegetable oils and trans fats
- Refined sugar & alcohol
- Smoking & Sitting (which is the new smoking)
- Toxins and chemicals found in processed foods
To prevent oxidative stress from occurring, your body produces antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. You can also get extra antioxidants to help in this process from your diet. Antioxidants boost your immunity, remove toxins from your body, optimize brain function, help to turn disease genes “off”, protect the DNA and promote anti-aging.
If you can boost your immune system, purge your body of toxins and maximize brain and body function, imagine what your productivity could be like? Working to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in your body is one of the most important things you can do for your health and well-being and to really access high performance at work.
Although there are many diet and lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce inflammation, eating alkaline rich foods is one of the most effective. Below you'll find a recipe for my alkaline rich green machine salad with a hint of red, which includes some of natures top alkaline and inflammation fighting foods combined into a tasty salad for your convenience.
Green machine salad with a hint of red
Ingredients: avocado, broccoli, celery, cucumber, garlic, ginger, green and red pepper, kale leaves, lemon, onion, spinach leaves. (You can add turmeric!)
Option: blend the avocado with diced garlic, ginger slices, lemon and a little water (you can add tumeric!) to make a dressing. Chop up the rest, mix everything, then enjoy!
Benefits: helps reduce inflammation and alkenalize your PH level for optimal health.
It tastes amazing! Try it today.
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