Anti-Inflammatory Drinks for the Summer
What is Inflammation, and Why is it so Bad?Several years ago, my chiropractor told me many people have inflammation and don’t realize it.  I thought he was referring to sore muscles, tension, and joint pain.  I envisioned people watching TV at night with ice packs on sore body parts.  While this might be the case for many, inflammation is more prevalent and destructive than my first impression.

Acute inflammation is the body’s immune system reacting to an injury or infection.  As blood rushes to the injured or infected area, causing heat and swelling, the immune system is on guard to protect the injured cells.  Scabs on a cut or black & blue bruising are examples of acute inflammation. Ordinarily, this is a positive reaction unless there is continuous inflammation in the body. 

Chronic inflammation is like a slow burn, where the body’s immune system attacks its own cells.  This condition produces free radicals, the cell damaging molecules.  Eventually, the immune system becomes destructive to the cells it was intended to protect.  For example, eating sugar is like adding fuel to a small flame, creating a bonfire.

How does inflammation affect the body?
Studies are finding links between inflammation and depression, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, autism, heart disease, obesity, autoimmune diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, leaky gut, digestive issues, and many other neurological and psychiatric diseases.  In general, the immune system is working overtime and eventually attacks itself.  When the immune system (good warriors) continues to fight chronic inflammation (bad warriors) eventually the immune system is weakened, allowing chronic infections and diseases to take over. 

Inflammation is a big topic and I could go on forever on this.  Trust me, chronic inflammation is not a good thing.  

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Orange Mint Fizz

Juice of 3 large oranges
(you can also substitute 2 large grapefruit, or use a mix of both)

Juice of 2 limes

1 bunch mint leaves

4 cups plain sparkling mineral water

1.Add citrus juices and mint leaves to a large pitcher, then use a wooden spoon to crush the mint leaves a bit down to the bottom.

2.Fill pitcher with sparkling water.

3.Pour the fizz over ice in 4 to 5 glasses, garnished with more mint or citrus fruit slices if desired.

SPICED ICED TEA2 tablespoons chopped turmeric root

2 tablespoons chopped ginger root

3 organic lemons, cut into quarters (skin on)

8 cups of boiled filtered water

1.Add all ingredients to a large heat-safe, BPA-free pitcher.

2.Cover, then steep until it reaches room temperature.

3.Transfer to your fridge. Allow to steep for up to 24 more hours (at least 12).

4.Strain, then sweeten with maple syrup or honey to taste. Store in the fridge for up to 7 days.
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