Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury. Acute inflammation, the kind that occurs when you bump your head and get a bruise or sprain your ankle, is a beneficial bodily function that helps the body heal. Chronic inflammation on the other hand is long-term systemic inflammation that can lead to diseases like asthma, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer.
Chronic inflammation can be caused by dietary choices, such as:
- Pasteurized Dairy
- Refined Carbohydrates
- Conventional Meat
- Trans Fat
It’s a safe bet that many, if not all of the appetizers at your holiday party contain at least one item from the list, which make the holidays a danger zone for inflammation.
7 Ways To Avoid Inflammation This Holiday Season
Sip On Mocktails
Instead of filling up on cocktails, sip on sparkling water and lemon. It might sound ‘boring’, but imagine what your belly will look like after attending 10 holiday parties in one week. It’s all about making smart decisions.
Snack on healthy proteins before heading to the holiday party. Most likely the party snacks will have loads of butter, carbs and sugar (think pigs in a blanket, mini cupcakes etc.), so it’s a good idea to snack on a protein-filled snack before walking in. Eat a handful of brazil nuts or sliced veggies with hummus before leaving work to prevent you from over-indulging once you are at the event.
Rest is crucial to keeping inflammation away. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night and make sure to disconnect from social media when you get home from work. Even better, indulge in a hot bath with lavender oil.
Snuggle With Your Boo
It’s no secret that cuddling makes you feel good, it also releases oxytocin, a stress-relieving hormone. Studies have shown stress to be associated with autoimmune diseases linked to inflammation.
Pop A Probiotic
Probiotic supplements are effective at rebalancing the gut and digestive system, they can also relieve intestinal inflammation by reducing gas, bloating, and easing digestion.
Say No To Sugar
Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners are some of the leading causes of inflammation. Opt for more natural solutions such as raw manuka honey, maple syrup or stevia.
Spice It Up
Add spices such as turmeric and cinnamon to your meals! Turmeric and cinnamon are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and they have the added benefit of making your meals delicious.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, Dr. Axe, American Psychological Association