It seems like everyone is talking about inflammation these days—and for good reason.
While we're quick to think negatively about inflammation it's actually an essential function of our bodies; it acts as the body's bodyguard. Inflammation is always on duty, naturally defending against internal stressors like certain foods we eat and foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria. It’s a healthy bodily response that is happening all the time.
Inflammation becomes problematic if it goes into overdrive. When we overload the body with stressors like inflammatory foods (including gluten, dairy, red meat, excessive sugar and highly-processed oils), lack of sleep or high mental and emotional stress, we overburden the body’s immune responses and create a state of chronic inflammation. This results in issues ranging from skin irritations to serious illness.
The good news? There are many ways we can counteract these effects. Choosing foods that promote anti-inflammation, getting adequate sleep and implementing healthy lifestyle practices such as regular exercise and meditation all help keep our bodies in a healthy inflammatory state.
Eating a natural anti-inflammatory diet (consisting primarily of nutrient-dense, plant-based foods) works in two ways: it helps prevent inflammation and helps our bodies comb to it when it occurs. All Respect superfoods are free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar, making them great choices for a baseline natural anti-inflammatory diet.