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What is Inflammation?

Foods to Help You to Look & Feel Great without Compromise

What is Inflammation?


Simply put, inflammation is our body’s response to an injury. It is one of the most important jobs of our immune system.


2 Types of Inflammation


1. The first is acute inflammation.

This is the good kind, like when you stub your toe or get a bruise and your body reacts by activating your immune system to help heal and get rid of the inflammation.


2. The second kind of inflammation is chronic inflammation.

This kind is very harmful and is related to many diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, and auto-immune diseases. Chronic inflammation is related to poor health habits, such as eating too much sugar, and processed foods, not exercising, not getting enough sleep, and having too much stress in your life.


Over 1000 years ago, Hippocrates said “All Disease starts in the gut”. He was the first doctor of medicine, and his quote confirms how important the health and integrity of our gut lining are and how crucial it is that we get rid of inflammation.


My goal as a Health Coach is to help my clients get rid of inflammation by eliminating:

  •  processed foods

  •  sugar

  •  gluten/grains

  •  hydrogenated oils

  •  dairy

  •  soy and corn

  •  alcohol

We want to crowd out these inflammatory foods, and crowd in anti-inflammatory foods. Foods that help get rid of inflammation are:


Foods to Combat Inflammation

Fruits and Vegetables:

  • leafy green vegetables

  • cruciferous vegetables

  • berries, oranges, avocados

  • onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and green onions

Healthy Oils, Nuts, and Seeds

  • olive oil and coconut oil

  • nuts and seeds/nut and seed butters

Meats & Fish

  • grass fed meat

  • organic pasture-raised chicken and eggs

  • fatty Fish like salmon, tuna and sardines

Herbs and Spices

  • turmeric and cinnamon

Living a healthy life should not mean one of deprivation. Focus on all of the wonderful foods you CAN have instead of focusing on what you can’t have. There are so many delicious and healthy recipes that you can eat to help get rid of inflammation. It is all about replacing inflammatory foods with anti-inflammatory food, and making them taste great!


By reducing foods that cause inflammation and increasing anti-inflammatory foods, combined with exercise, healthy sleep habits, and stress reduction techniques, you are setting yourself up to look and feel great!


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Certified Health Coach and Integrative Health Specialist Amy Bowers believes in bio-individuality and works to create a personalized plan to help clients reach their health and wellness goals. For more enticing recipes, follow Amy on social @optimumwellnessandnutrition

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