Anti-inflammatory foods – the buzz currently to eat. I’ve considered my diet all my years quite good, all in moderation, never denying. Until recently. Not sure exactly why the shift (maybe turning 50 had something to do with it), but I’ve started adding anti-inflammatory foods in the smoothie!

I’ve always enjoyed salads, but now in a new form. Specifically, my daughters recipe: Greek yogurt, banana, berries (all types), Kale (yuk on its own, but in the Nutribullet blended with fruit who can taste it). Then add chia – omega 3 seeds blend – a really, really good, low calorie, high antioxidant, potassium drink.

Two weeks into this daily lunch smoothie, I’m noticing positive changes. Performance in the gym has improved, especially my cardio-running. I typically run 3-5 miles. Well, now I’m faster!!! The weight training has always been my strength, so that is consistent. I’ve lost some weight (only been two weeks) and feel less bloated! Read more – Anti-inflammatory

Here are some facts: Excessive amounts of stress hormone cortisol, can cause inflammation in the body and also poor sleep which can lead to pain, stiffness, and discomfort felt in the joints, bones and ligaments. This inflammation and swelling pushes against nerve endings, sending pain signals to the brain. Antioxidant foods and massage help reduce inflammation.

Here are some anti-inflammatory foods:

Fish: cod, halibut, oysters, salmon, tuna, whitefish, bass
Herbs: Basil, cayenne, cloves, mind, oregano, rosemary, thyme, parsley
Drinks: Green tea
Vegetables: Peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans, kale spinach, sweet potatoes
Fruits: Avocado, apples, blue berries, kiwi, lemon, lime, raspberries, strawberries, oranges, papaya, tomatoes
Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, flax seed, sunflower seeds
Oils: Olive, avocado

Massage – From Holland Health

Massage enhances magnesium in the muscle during the muscles relaxed state. Low magnesium or bi-thiamine also contributes to inflammation.  This increase in magnesium could be the reason why after massage one feels relaxed.

Look into it. Try it. Eat more antioxidants.  Schedule a massage and let me know how you feel! Be well.

Shari Holland

Shari Holland is the owner of Holland Health located in Gurnee, Illinois (Lake County, Illinois) As a professional therapeutic massage therapist, exercise trainer, and sports fitness trainer, she offers sports fitness training as well as  professional therapeutic massage to rid muscles of trigger points, adhesions and tightness. Shari has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education, a Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Adult Fitness, graduated from the Chicago School of Massage and has advanced training in massage for cancer patients.