Healing inflammation naturally with herbs and food

Whether you’re simply health conscious, healing from surgery, or recovering from an injury, these things are easy essentials to include into a healthy diet.

Anti-inflammatory nutrients and herbs:

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Bromelain – an enzyme found in fresh, raw pineapple

Carotenoids and Flavonoids – both found in fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits, carrots, apricots, cherries, kale, chard, etc.

Aloe Vera – commonly used to reducing the redness and swelling of a sun burn, aloe vera can actually have the same soothing effects inside your body! You can find it in pure, liquid form at health food stores.

Echinacea – commonly used to fight infections, some of its other benefits are fighting inflammation and immune system support.

Garlic – load up on that garlic! It is most effective if eaten raw, but cooked lightly is good as well.

Ginger – another spicy herb that helps with not only nausea but also inflammation. Ginger can be drunken as a tea or added to foods. May also help reduce joint pain and inflammation.

Licorice – not everyone loves licorice as much as I do, but it has so many health benefits whats not to love? Not only an anti-inflammatory agent, licorice is also wonderful for digestion and detoxification. Get yourself some licorice tea and enjoy its mildly sweet flavour!

Turmeric – One of the spices in curries that give it the yellow or orange hue, it has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties. You can add even just a little bit to any meal and you won’t taste it too much if you’re careful, but having vegetable curries is a good way to go πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading!

Green coconut pudding

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Experimenting in the kitchen this morning and i wound up with this magical pudding, its green, its vegan, its healthy and delicious! This makes for a great apres workout meal because you got your protein, carbohydrates, fats and loads of vitamins and minerals to promote recovery!

-half a cup of organic canned coconut milk ( dont use the light stuff it aint creamy enough! )
-4 to 6 dates with pits removed ( depending how sweet you like )
-handful of organic spinach
-1/2 or 1 serving of vanilla protein powder ( i used vega )
-splash of unsweetened almond milk to help blend

Throw these ingredients into your blender or food processor, start blending slow and speed up gradually. Pause it now and then to scrape the sides, and once it’s the consistency you want you can sit back and enjoy! Eat it alone or with some fresh berries, some granola, chia seeds, etc. πŸ™‚