Choosing the right foods can fight inflammation–and keep your body feeling its best.
It’s hot in here? My back hurts. I feel bloated. My skin is red and itchy! They may be common, but these symptoms aren’t normal–and it doesn’t have to be a sign that you’re growing older. There’s an underlying reason why you’re experiencing these symptoms.
Acute inflammation is the body’s natural way of fighting invasive pathogens–it ebbs and flows, which is a good thing, but prolonged inflammation, which manifests itself as acne, allergies, weight gain, digestive issues, joint pain, depression, and neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases–means your immune system might be stuck in overdrive.
Relief starts in the gut, which is designed to fight viruses and bacteria in food before they can infect the body. The best way to cool inflammation on a cellular level is to eat a diet of anti-inflammatory foods, according to registered dietician Kathryn Bloxsom. Here are her powerful tricks to help you–and your immune system–be calm, healthy, and happy.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3s found in fatty fish and nuts are anti-inflammatory. Foods with a high concentration of plant-based omega-3s also have tons of antioxidant phytonutrients and polyphenols that are beneficial for easing inflammation. Eat salmon, mackerel, tuna, walnuts, and extra-virgin olive oil.
“Fiber is one of the bes and most well studied anti-inflammatory foods,” says Bloxsom. High-fiber foods such as beans, whole grains, seeds, and fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C and E, along with papain (a protein-digesting enzyme), beta-carotene, and manganese, are ideal. Eat kelp, papaya, blueberries, sweet potato, pumpkin, cantaloupe, apricots, carrots, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.
“Herbs and spices are also potent antioxidants. Many of them have been used for their anti-inflammatory benefits for centuries around the world, and science is starting to back up what folklore has long known,” says Bloxsom. Turmeric is believed to be as effective as hydrocortisone in fighting inflammation. Eat basil, mint, cilantro, turmeric, ginger, curry, raw garlic, and chili peppers.
Other Food to Enjoy
Outside of these categories, green tea contains flavonoids that are naturally anti-inflammatory and can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. You can’t go wrong with broccoli–its phytonutrients help to rid the body of potentially carcinogenic compounds that may lower cholesterol, boost immune function, and fight cancer. Just don’t be breading and frying them!
Foods to Avoid
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet won’t do much good if you are also eating pro-inflammatory foods, and one of the biggest culprits is he refined sugar found in many processed foods. Also, dishes high in trans fats amp up bad cholesterol (LDL), inflame arteries, and welcome harmful free radicals into the body. Avoid saturated fats, refined sugars, pasta, potatoes, bread, cream, butter, polyunsaturated vegetable oils (safflower, soybean, corn, and sunflower), preserved dried fruit, milk, and red meat.
AdvoCare’s Herbal Cleanse System
- Supports improved digestion and thorough internal cleansing
- Helps prepare the body for optimal nutrient absorption
- Supports healthy weight management
Each Herbal Cleanse box includes these two key products: ProBiotic Restore™ capsules and Herbal Cleanse tablets. For the complete system, combine use of these two products with AdvoCare® Fiber (also sold separately) for the duration of the 10 days.
Although not specifically designed for weight management, some people who use Herbal Cleanse for the first time may experience a reduction in pounds and/or inches when they pair the system with a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise.*
For ages 18 and older.
Follow the instructions included on the insert in each Herbal Cleanse system to carefully consume the products in the correct order each day.
For more details and step-by-step daily instructions, follow the 24-Day Challenge™ Daily Guide and/or Virtual Coach. Both of these resources can be found at Lori McCall’s AdvoCare Website
HELPFUL TIPS FOR THE HERBAL CLEANSE:
HERBAL CLEANSE SHOULD ONLY BE USED ONCE EVERY 90 DAYS.
- Consume a well-balanced, healthy diet while taking Herbal Cleanse
- Follow a diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid fried, heavy foods and junk food
- Do not take thermogenics (MNS® color packets, ThermoPlus® or AdvoCare Slim®) when using Herbal Cleanse
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.