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It all changed in the 1970’s. As Americans began to gain weight from the consumption of processed foods, there was a sudden need to call for an adjustment in our diets – namely, to reduce our fat intake. In an attempt to continue to sell highly processed foods, the food industry started marketing “fat-free” products that were purportedly healthier than their previous counterparts. Americans flocked to these products, believing that their weight loss was imminent and that these delicious, fat-free products would provide them with a nutritious and healthy alternative to full-fat foods.
What the food industry neglected to mention, however, was that products without fat taste disgusting, and in order to compensate for the loss of fat they poured in copious amounts of sugar.
Fast-forward to 2016: diabetes is running rampant, obesity is at an all time high, and inflammation is plaguing countless Americans on a daily basis. Fat-free products are lining the shelves, and we have forgotten how to eat a balanced, healthy diet. In fact, the food industry is arguably PREVENTING us from eating a healthy diet by adding sugar into virtually every manufactured food product.
So, we have to re-learn how to eat.
The beauty of the AlphaFlex® Anti-Inflammatory Diet is that it doesn’t just treat inflammation – it combats a variety of other health issues including diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
The problem with the AlphaFlex® Anti-Inflammatory Diet is that countless advertisements for candy bars, fast food and soda are being thrown at us with such ferocity that it’s almost impossible to make healthy meal choices.
Are you sick of being inflamed and exhausted?
Maybe today is the day that you consider making a change.
Although there are a few key components to the AlphaFlex® Anti-Inflammatory Diet, there is also a great deal of room to eat a variety of different foods, all of which have anti-inflammatory properties.
Whether you’re searching for vitamins (A, C, & K), calcium, potassium, iron or magnesium, dark, leafy greens have it all. They are incredibly healthy, and are a vital source of antioxidants, flavonoids, and carotenoids, all of which are known for protecting against cellular damage and inflammation.
Nuts are an excellent source of healthy fats, minerals, proteins, vitamin E and even contain omega-3 fatty acids. They are heart-helpers, and contain phytochemicals called sterols that prevent inflammation. Nuts are high in energy and calorically dense, therefore they should be consumed in moderation.
Beets are as beautiful as they are delicious. Supporting detoxification, the betalains in beets are a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Beets are dense in countless vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, potassium, magnesium and iron, to name a few. They’re deliciously sweet when roasted or cooked, and can be enjoyed alone or in a salad.
Ginger may very well be the reigning champ in the food fight against inflammation. Not only does it reduce inflammation, but Ginger reduces pain as well, making it powerful in the management of arthritis, headaches and even menstrual craps. It has a warming effect (if you’ve ever taken a shot of ginger, you’ll understand the feeling), and even stimulates circulation. Stomach problems from an unhealthy diet? Ginger can reduce gas and cramps while simultaneously preventing stomach ulcers caused by drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen, which are commonly used in the fight against inflammation. Keep ginger close, and enjoy it often.
Turmeric is actually known to curb joint pain, although the exact ways in which it does so are relatively unknown. Packed with anti-inflammatory abilities, turmeric is also known to fight against diabetes, heart attacks, and even cancer! It also has the ability to ease heartburn or an upset stomach, and is widely praised by those in the fight against indigestion. Turmeric is widely used as a spice in curry, although there are a variety of delicious ways to incorporate it into your meals.
I’ve been known to eat whole, roasted cloves of garlic in tandem with my meal. Sure, garlic is known for its potent odor, but if you have to carry around a few mints in exchange for reaping the multitude of health benefits that garlic has to offer, then who’s to say otherwise? Garlic contains manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium, fiber, calcium, copper…and the list goes on. Garlic can fight against illness, reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and help you live longer! Learning to love garlic is one of the best gifts you can give your body.
The bright, vibrant colors that you see in berries are actually the antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation. They’re perfect for when you’re craving something sweet after dinner and want to run to the nearest Krispy Kreme, and they’re a juicy boost that pairs perfectly with any breakfast. It’s okay to indulge, I promise.
Looking for something a little more meaty? Beans are the perfect solution. They’re stuffed full of fiber and contain those lovely polyphenols that work as inflammation fighting anti-oxidants. They contain vitamin K, protein and various minerals, making them excellent combatants against high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
An elegant mix of sweet and salty, sweet potatoes are full of vitamin A and beta-carotene, a known powerful antioxidant and inflammation fighter. Vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium all play important roles, and vitamin D is crucial for maintaining your immune system. Sweet potatoes make excellent chips when baked, and add a savory element to any meal.
I’m sure you saw this one coming, but AlphaFlex® plays a HUGE role in providing your body with the necessary anti-inflammatory Omegas to combat the pro-inflammatory Omegas in your diet. Not only has it been proven to be more effective than omega-3, fish oil supplements or a diet heavy in fish, but it also is completely natural and has no unnecessary fillers. AlphaFlex® actually increases joint health and repairs muscle and tissue damage, reducing inflammation and bringing your body back to an un-inflamed state.
So, what are you waiting for? On your next tip to the grocery store, make a conscious effort to add in the Big 10 to your cart. Whole grains and other fruits and vegetables are great for your diet too, but make sure to stay away from anything processed or manufactured in order to avoid refined sugars.