On the ankle front, my foot is a nice shade of blue and roughly about the size of a large tennis ball. Blogs have been written in bed, and frozen peas applied liberally.
As I learn more through my course about how the body works, I’ve become really inspired and fascinated with its ability to heal itself. A lecturer of mine has a favourite catchphrase – ‘your lungs always remember to breathe, your heart never skips and beat and your body stays at a perfect 37 degrees.’ It’s true right? Frankly, I’m still amazed us ladies can GROW ANOTHER PERSON inside us without thinking much about it at all. Props to us.
A small example of this was when I bit the dust on the basketball court, my body went into emergency repair mode. Sensing an injury to the ankle, it immediately sent a little army of white blood cells and a whole-lotta fluid to the area to help protect and repair. Hence one puffy foot. Short-term or ‘acute inflammation’ like this is common and a pretty normal immune response. However I’m also learning it’s the chronic kind of inflammation that’s not so crash hot for your health. Actually it’s pretty dangerous.
What is chronic inflammation?
Chronic inflammation is when your body no longer has the ability to turn off the inflammatory response and it starts damaging healthy tissue in your body. And according to Dr Weil (founder of the Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid), chronic inflammation is the ‘root cause of many serious diseases, including heart disease, cancers and autoimmune diseases.’
Chronic inflammatory can be caused by:
• Poor diet including lots of sugar, refined flours, processed foods, and inflammatory fats such as trans and saturated fats
• Lack of exercise
• Chronic infections
• Allergens from food or the environment
Kind of scary stuff – so can what we eat help reduce chronic inflammation? Of course it can.
I started researching the top anti-inflammatory foods I could increase in my diet to aid the healing process and give my body the tools it needs to do it’s thang – both inside and out. Here’s what I found.
Top 6 Anti-Inflammatory Foods
- Fish (cold-water and non-farmed)
- Green Tea
- Turmeric & Ginger
- Vegetables – especially green leafy vegetables
- Fruits – especially berries
- Olive Oil
You can read more about these foods and check out the anti-inflammatory food pyramid here. Really interesting stuff!
Inspired, I decided to whip out the blender and put together my best anti-inflammatory green smoothie using as many as these foods as possible without compromising on taste.And viola! A new favourite green smoothie was born. This cup of cooling goodness has become a regular in the morning rotation – both for me and my fella. Fingers crossed I can see my ankle bone again soon.
Have you tried one of my green smoothies yet? Coming into summer is the best time to get on board and have you hit of health straight up in the morning. Check out some other great smoothie recipes here.
- 1 small mango
- Nice big handful freshly washed spinach
- Small nib of ginger
- ½ green Apple
- ½ small orange
- Juice of half a lemon
- Sprinkle chia seeds
- Cold water to blend
- Small handful blueberries to sprinkle on top
How to go about it:
Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add a small spoonful of honey to sweeten if needed (the mango and apple keeps the brew pretty sweet to begin with). Top with blueberries for an extra cooling summer drink.
Dr Hyman, Mark: How To Cool The Fire Inside You
Dr Weil, Andrew: The Anti-Inflammatory Diet