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Inflammation is your body’s process of fighting against things that harm it, like infections, injuries, and toxins, in an attempt to heal itself. It is a natural and healthy immune response. When something damages your cells, your body releases chemicals that trigger a response from your immune system. This response includes the release of antibodies and proteins, as well as increased blood flow to the damaged area.
Chronic inflammation, however, is not a good situation in the body. Chronic inflammation is when this immune response lingers, leaving your body in a constant state of alert. When you are living with chronic inflammation, your body’s inflammatory response can eventually start damaging healthy cells, tissues, and organs. Over time, this can lead to a host of issues.
Diet can be one of the most powerful tools against chronic inflammation. Taking a look at what you eat and reducing foods that often contribute to inflammation in the body while increasing the foods that battle against inflammation may improve symptoms and reduce your risk of illness.
Start to notice how your body responds to the foods you eat. Work to reduce your intake of foods that leave you feeling sluggish or gross and switch them out with foods that leave you feeling good. Begin with one meal each day and build slowly from there.
While you’re at it, try out this quick and easy dinner recipe packed with foods that help to fight inflammation.
Anti-Inflammatory Recipe – 15 Minute Garlic Shrimp Zoodles
Total Time 15 mins – serves 2
- 2 medium zucchini
- 3/4 pounds medium shrimp peeled & deveined
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 3-4 cloves garlic minced
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Spiralize the zucchini on the medium setting. Or purchase pre-spiralized zucchini. Set aside.
- Add the olive oil and lemon juice & zest to a skillet on medium heat. Once the pan is warm, add the shrimp. Cook the shrimp for one minute per side.
- Add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for an additional minute, stirring often.
- Add the zucchini noodles and stir/toss (e.g. with tongs) constantly for 2-3 minutes until they’re slightly cooked and warmed up.
- Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the chopped parlsey. Serve immediately.
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