<thrive_headline click tho-post-8556 tho-test-53>A Silent Killer – Inflammation</thrive_headline>

A Silent Killer – Inflammation

Inflammation is a biological response of the body to protect itself. It responds from harmful internal and external stimuli and starts healing. It is a part of the body’s immune system and protects us from infections, wounds and tissue damage.

Inflammation can be acute where it can start quickly and become severe quickly. For example, acute inflammation can cause diseases and conditions like sinusitis, a sore throat from cold, acute bronchitis, etc.

It can be chronic in response to unwanted toxins in the body like cigarette smoke or excess body fat. This may extend from months to years that may lead to conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and non-infectious conditions like tuberculosis, peptic ulcer, hepatitis, etc.

 

What causes chronic inflammation?

  • Stress: Stress causes activity in the brain that can lead to physical pain which may lead to an inflammatory response in the body. Hence, people suffering from stress may experience inflammation.
  • Poor diet: Some foods like simple sugars, high fructose corn syrup, refined flours, trans-fat-rich foods, processed meat, fried foods, etc. can trigger the inflammatory response in the body. So the consumption of these food items should be restricted.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle: Consumption of alcohol, smoking, leading a sedentary life and being overweight creates a stress in the body that triggers an inflammatory response.
  • Pollution: Pollution causes damage to the cells which may cause inflammation.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6811 tho-test-52>A Day of Clean Eating Recipes</thrive_headline>

A Day of Clean Eating Recipes

Many people think about clean eating and get confused. They think that its just eating a salad or a juice, and eating simple and with no taste. But that is far from the truth. Clean eating means eating whole foods, the natural way and the foods that make us feel good.

There’s only one rule: If its grown from a plant, eat it; if it’s made in a plant, don’t.

Believe me, eating clean can be easy, fun and totally delicious. Plus you get to really feel healthy from the inside out (literally)

So today I wanted to give you an example of how a clean eating menu could be.

Prepare to detoxify, boost your energy, feel and look your best! It all starts with the daily choice to take action.

 

IN THE MORNING

Drink warm water with lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper to get your circulation going.

 

BREAKFAST

SPINACH & PUMPKIN SEED POWER SMOOTHIE

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6813 tho-test-54>Chia: The Tiny Superfood You Need to Know About</thrive_headline>

Chia: The Tiny Superfood You Need to Know About

Chia seeds are tiny yet powerful in their nutritional benefits. They swell to 10 times their original size when placed in a liquid, making them ideal for thickening puddings and smoothies.

Just a few of the tricks up the sleeves of chia seeds include…

  • High in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Almost all carbs are fiber
  • More calcium than milk per serving
  • Higher in antioxidants than blueberries
  • High in vitamins A, B, D, and E
  • Loaded with magnesium
  • Good source of quality protein
  • Easy to digest and assimilate (low in phytates)
  • Help balance blood sugar levels and get rid of sugar cravings
  • Provide lost of nutrients with very few calories
  • May lower risk of heart disease

Chia is a true superfood. The direct translation of chia means STRENGTH in the Mayan language and was a valuable food of traditional Mayan, Inca and Aztec people. Apparently, they used to trade chia seeds for gold as they were such a valuable source of energy.

Did you know Chia means STRENGTH in the Mayan language? It was a valuable food of traditional Mayan, Inca and Aztec people. Click To Tweet

Some of my favorite ways to eat chia include soaking them for an hour in coconut milk and a bit of maple syrup and eating that for dessert or breakfast with fresh berries, sprinkling them on salads or soups, adding them to homemade crackers, blending them into my smoothies and of course, delectable chia puddings.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6823 tho-test-55>How to Follow an Elimination Diet?</thrive_headline>

How to Follow an Elimination Diet?

Elimination diets don’t exactly sound like the most fun thing in the world, but if you’re struggling with digestive issues, they can change your life. How do you get to the root of an issue if you can never pinpoint the cause? You don’t. That’s why millions of people live with illness unnecessarily every day. Because they never took the time to discover that perhaps their thyroid problems would improve by removing gluten from their diet. Or their IBS might get significantly better with a dairy-free diet.

It’s important to take responsibility for your own health if you want to feel good, and the elimination diet is the foundational journey you must take to decipher what works and what doesn’t.

How to do an Elimination Diet?

Certain foods trigger more negative reactions than others. The elimination diet gets rid of common food allergens for a month. Typically the foods you don’t eat for that time frame include…

  • Gluten
  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Sugar and sweeteners (except stevia)
  • Processed foods
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Citrus fruits
  • Nightshade vegetables (tomato, peppers, and eggplant)
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Soy
  • Meat with nitrites

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8182 tho-test-49>My Daily Drink to Detox and Boost Your Immune System</thrive_headline>

My Daily Drink to Detox and Boost Your Immune System

Today I have for you my go-to morning detox drink that helps with digestion, and inflammation to boost your immune system, help you wake up with every morning and also detox at the same time. amazing right?
For 5,000 years, Ayurveda has been practiced to incorporate different herbs and spices that can boost up your immune system. But, due to our lack of knowledge on natural remedies, we often take pharmaceutical medications and antibiotics.
The solution to your problem is an elixir that I personally made.
The recipe includes lemon, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, and plain water. It’s easy to make and we can get these ingredients virtually everywhere. This is my miracle elixir!
I used to get sick all the time. And my husband as well. He travels a lot so he used to come home sick from every trip. Since he’s been drinking this elixir, that has gotten better, he doesn’t get sick so often as before.
And me? Let’s say I have about a year without taking any cold medications or any other drug whatsoever.
This has super powerful ingredients that help your body just feel amazing!

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6817 tho-test-48>Easy Remedy for Bloated Stomach</thrive_headline>

Easy Remedy for Bloated Stomach

If you suffer from poor digestion, bloating, bloated stomach, constipation or diarrhea, chances are there’s one thing you’re not doing.

This is by far the simplest, most effective way to improve your digestion and avoid bloated stomach right away. You might be surprised by how incredibly this remedy is to improve your gut health.

The answer:

Chew MORE your food!

So simple right?! Yet so often people rush through their meals and aren’t consciously chewing their food until it’s ready to enter the other digestive phases.

 

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6799 tho-test-46>What Exercise Has to do with Gut Health</thrive_headline>

What Exercise Has to do with Gut Health

Exercise isn’t all about the physical. It goes far beyond muscle tone and calories burned. Exercise affects your whole body, including your gut. Professional athletes show a much more diverse microbiome than their non-exercising counterparts of similar age and weight.

The Gut microbiome it’s affected but numerous factors, from the way we were born, our diet in infancy and adulthood, medications, age genetics, and many other factors. But there are many ways we can improve our gut health including probiotics and prebiotic which I’ve written in previous posts. And another important way is by exercising.

Recent studies suggest that exercise can increase the number of beneficial microbial species and improve the microflora diversity. All these effects are beneficial for the host, us, improving our health status.

They also determine that exercise is able to enrich the microflora diversity; to improve the type of bacteria that could potentially contribute to help us lose weight.

Exercise is able to enrich the microflora diversity; to improve the type of bacteria that could potentially contribute to help us lose weight. Click To Tweet

Moving your body helps stimulate the lymphatic system, the system that helps your body to remove toxins and maintain a healthy circulation. Other ways to stimulate the lymphatic system include massage and dry brushing, but exercise is highly effective and has other benefits like boosting mood and cardiovascular health.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6766 tho-test-2>Your Way to Healthy Nourishment</thrive_headline>

Your Way to Healthy Nourishment

Soup certainly doesn’t sound like any special life-changing superfood. It’s soup, you’ve eaten it all your life. Yet soup has massive potential that often gets hidden behind nasty preservatives and less than ideal flavoring agents. The true beauty and nourishment happen with whole food ingredients and high-quality homemade bone broth. This is where the magic happens.

 

A daily soup made from local, seasonal ingredients and high-quality broth is better than any superfood or supplement out there. It’s a wholesome way to nourish your skin, immune system, joints, digestion, and gut health.

Homemade bone broth

 

Bone Broth is rich in natural gelatin which is anti-aging and great for rebuilding damaged intestinal lining. Making bone broth from scratch is as easy as throwing your leftover chicken carcass in a large pot of water and letting it simmer for 24 hours. This gets all the good stuff out of the bones and into the liquid.

 

Bone Broth is rich in natural gelatin which is anti-aging and great for rebuilding damaged intestinal lining Click To Tweet

 

Go to your local farmer’s market and get the freshest seasonal produce you can find. In the summer I love cooking fresh garlic, beets, and carrot in a homemade stock and blending with fresh dill. Served cold on a hot day with a drizzle of plain yogurt, this soup is refreshingly tangy and packed with nutrients.

 

In the Fall and Winter, soups made with root vegetables and hearty herbs like sage and rosemary are ideal. It’s all about sourcing local, pesticide-free vegetables for the most nutrient-dense soups. Nothing you can buy from the store compares to what you can make at home with relatively little effort.  

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6464 tho-test-6>Youth Beauty Secrets</thrive_headline>

Youth Beauty Secrets

There is a saying that age is just a number. It is true. No matter what your age is you should look fresh, healthy, and vibrant, and not just from the outside—you should feel good from the inside, too. You can’t control your age, but you can control how you feel about yourself.

Staying young and healthy is all in your hands. What you do in your daily routine has a profound effect on your health. Plenty of older adults are considerably more healthy and active than many young people who are inactive or have poor habits.

Looking the way you feel gives you the confidence to face the world. People are attracted toward you and it makes you feel proud. In order to stay young in body and spirit, there are things you need to add and things you need to remove from your routine. Let’s look at some of the things in your life that have an enormous impact on your health as you age.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6177 tho-test-9>10 Immunity Boosting Foods For the Cold and Flu Season</thrive_headline>

10 Immunity Boosting Foods For the Cold and Flu Season

“Cold and Flu” season is right around the corner, and it seems that everywhere you go you run into someone sneezing! How can you boost your immunity so you can stay healthy this Fall and Winter? Getting sick is not only uncomfortable, but it also impacts your productivities, your energy level and even your relationship (have you ever got snappy because you have a sore throat or a headache?)

If you have kids, I am sure you can relate how hard it is not to get sick from those little slimy hands – they are like petri dish on legs! Do you know that on average, school-age kids in America experience eight to ten colds a year? [according to The Children’s Hospital Guide to Your Child’s Health and Development]

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