Are you already feeling—and maybe even doing your best to ignore—the creaks and cracks and other signs of your body aging? Most of us don’t realize what’s happening until it suddenly starts revealing itself, but inflammation resides in our bodies in so many different ways. We notice it affecting our joints, skin, muscles and digestive systems in the form of mysterious aches and pains.
The great news is that we can do more than just lay low and get a massage to help us feel better. In fact, we can actually help ourselves by eating or even drinking our way out of inflammation. There are in fact many easy and delicious ways to help combat, manage and prevent this common problem. Just open your fridge or pantry and you can bet there are many foods already in there that contain natural anti-inflammatory properties.
FOODS THAT HELP BEAT INFLAMMATION
For starters, check for these common inflammation-busting ingredients:
- oily fish
- coconut oil
- most spices, particularly turmeric and ginger
DID YOU KNOW? Turmeric’s effective anti-inflammatory properties have been supported by many clinical studies as well as traditional Chinese medicine. To benefit from its active component, just combine it with another powerhouse spice to kick it into gear: black pepper.
DID YOU KNOW? In order to make it easier to absorb turmeric into the body and bloodstream, always use a healthy fat like ghee or coconut oil with it. Turmeric is fat soluble and also benefits from heat to be properly activated.
DRINK UP: SPICE-FILLED ANTI-INFLAMMATORY BEET SMOOTHIE
Got joint pain or repetitive strain injury? Check out this easy shake you can whip up in minutes to help. It’s delicious and nutritious and it’s ideal to take on the go.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)
- 1/2 medium beet, peeled and grated
- 1/2 Frozen banana
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/2 tsp Spice Sanctuary Alleppey Turmeric
- 6 twists of Spice Sanctuary Peppermill Pizzazz freshly ground or 1/4 tsp manually ground (contains coriander and allspice and three different types of pepper, all of which are known to help against inflammation)
- a pinch Spice Sanctuary Nutmeg, Ground 1/2 tsp
- Rose Water
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Put the almond milk, grated beetroot and banana into a blender and process until smooth.
2. Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil and mix in the turmeric and black pepper before adding into the blender. Add the nutmeg and rose water and give the shake one last whizz. Rose Water is cooling and it adds a subtle exotic complement to the other ingredients.
3. Enjoy immediately or take it with you on the go and give it a good shake before sipping on this healthily sweet yet exotic addictive shake!
To learn more about the quality and benefit of spices or for some new recipe ideas, check out spicesanctuary.