As you know from your childhood injuries, inflammation is identified as a localized swelling, pain, redness and irritation. While it’s easy to see the signs of external distress, internal inflammation is a lot more difficult to detect. In fact, chronic inflammation can go undetected for years.
Little signs like lack of energy, digestive issues, accumulation of fat in the torso area, dry skin and sluggishness can be your determinants whether you are suffering from chronic inflammation or not. Every person can suffer from this condition.
Even vegans who have dedicated their life to eating clean can also suffer from it. Though factors that brought about inflammation to vegans can be a little different, addressing it is just the same to the meat-eating counterparts.
The dietary choices you make every single day provide you with a window of opportunity to naturally heal your body. A body full of energy and enthusiasm showcases an inflammation-free body. So, eating the vegan-friendly foods below will help bring back your energetic self.
● Kris Carr, a best-selling food and diet author tells us that filling 50% of your plate with organic vegetables will help address inflammation. Vegetables such as broccoli, kale, spinach, beets and cauliflower are some of the vegetables that are anti-inflammatory.
They are nutrient-dense and are rich in antioxidants that can help fight the body’s free-radicals. A minimum of 4 to 5 servings of vegetables a day should be followed. Serve them simmered, boiled or steamed. Never fry, grill or roast them, as you lose some of the benefits this way, such as losing nutrients and adding fat to them.
● Fruits have a great variety of flavor profiles. The natural sugars in fruits are also easier to metabolize compared to the regular table sugar we use. Dr. Andrew Weil, a bestselling author and integrative medicine guru recommends cutting down sugars completely.
Tropical fruits like mangoes and bananas should be avoided. Eat organic and season varieties of fruits like grapefruit, blueberries and watermelon.
● Take in 5 to 7 servings of omega-3 fatty acids daily. Beyong fish and see food, you can get this from foods like nut oils, flax seeds, chia seeds, extra virgin olive oil and marine resources like phytoplankton and algae in tonic. You can get this in supplement form as well.
● Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can fight inflammation. Since it is rich in antioxidants and catechins, drinking green tea thrice a day can give you your daily dose of antioxidants. There are organic varieties that you can purchase and brew in bulk.
● Spices like ginger and turmeric have strong anti-inflammatory properties in them as well. In fact, these roots were used for many centuries to fight inflammation long “before the common era” began. Traditionally used to treat peptic ulcers, asthma and other skin infections, you can now easily purchase turmeric curcumin in capsules or as liquid extracts online or at a store. Ginger tea can also be found in your local organic grocery stores.
● Dark Chocolates are strong antioxidants as well and can be sparingly consumed as long as it contains at least 70% cocoa. Anything lower than that should be disregarded.
Being vegan doesn’t guarantee an inflammation-free kind of life. Toxins that come from chemical fertilizer-grown vegetables can spark inflammation faster that you know. Living in huge cities with heavy dusts and smoke can also contribute to inflammation. So make sure that you keep your homes toxin-free and eat vegetables that are chemical-free.