Inflammation is the cause of most illnesses. In this video, Dr. Weil talks about the link between inflammation and disease.
A lot of things we eat can either aggravate inflammation, or fight inflammation. Inflammation in our bodies is not always bad, since it serves an important role (the healing response) in the body. However, inflammation should be balanced in the body and kept to where it is need for that healing response.
Fortunately, there are a number of great ingredients we can use to create anti-inflammatory juices and smoothies.
Here is one recipe I like ( I wouldn’t drink this every day, but if you have a few aching joints, it may help):
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 cucumber
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 red pepper
- 1 small handful parsley
- 3 large carrots
- Jalapeno chili to taste (I suggest you start with 1/4 chili unless you like it hot), or any other chili pepper as most are excellent anti-inflammatory sources.
Put all the ingredients through your juicer and add a teaspoon of turmeric powder (optional) and stir well.
Serve at room temperature, or chilled.
It goes without saying that this recipe packs a powerful nutritional punch as well, delivering your body a wide range of vitamins, minerals and other nutritional factors.
You can check which products are inflammatory or anti-inflammatory over at the Self Nutrition Data website.