ABC's of Spotting Inflammation

WHAT’S THAT? It sounds too good to be true. How could you take something as terrible as inflammation and use it to aid your health? Well, ABC Nutrition is here to tell you how. Inflammation is basically your body trying to tell you that something’s wrong. You are having an adverse reaction to something that you may have consumed, touched, or inhaled. By looking back on our actions and habits, we can better understand our inflammation symptoms and avoid them in the future! Here are three ways to do just that with ABC Nutrition:

  1. Avoid whatever it was that inflamed you— It can be hard to figure out what it really was that bothered our bodies, but this can be useful information to know. By remembering and taking note of what it was that caused your inflammation, you will be better equipped to avoid it in the future. If you experience inflammation in your body, start thinking back to any unusual foods that you might have eaten. Did you have a glass of milk, but dairy is usually not on your menu? Maybe you ate a slice of bread when gluten is not a regular part of your diet. Trying to figure out what your body doesn’t like can really help eliminate inflammation. And if you have no idea what it was that bothered you, try writing down your meals or tracking them on an app like MyFitnessPal or something similar. This way, you can look back when you feel inflamed and pinpoint the foods that could be causing problems.

  2. Try new and different options — Now that you’ve figured out what’s irritating your body, try to change it up to find what works. Let’s say you find dairy to be the culprit behind your skin rashes; that doesn’t mean you have to cut out yogurt, milk, or your favorite ice cream flavors. Try some alternatives made from almond, soy, coconut, or any other substitute that is completely dairy free. If you discover that gluten is the source of your irritation, cut out the grains and go for substitutes. Gluten-free bread is now widely available in most grocery stores, while buckwheat, rice, and quinoa are awesome alternatives that are even more nutritious than glutinous grains. Just because certain foods inflame your body does not mean that you can’t find alternatives that taste just as good, or even better!

  3. Let your body heal and learn — Remember that inflammation is a bodily reaction that is trying to help you understand what does not work in your system. Even though your body is reacting uncomfortably, it is doing so for a good reason. Your body is fighting off the food it is not accustomed to. As your inflammation comes about and takes its time to subside, work to understand why it is there and change your habits and actions to reduce its ability to come about again. You have the power to make good outcomes out of your inflamed conditions.

Although inflammation can be annoying, we can look at it as something more than itchy skin or a bloated belly. Rather than letting inflammation take control of your body and life, take the wheel and steer yourself in the right direction. With education, understanding, and a positive mindset, you have the ability to take the power and use it in your favor in the long run!