TLC Tip 1 – The easiest way to put inflammation on the run is to alter your food intake. Switch the highly processed food on your grocery list with colorful anti-inflammatory veggies. Make it a point to cut way down on processed foods such as deli meats, cheese, bread/cake, frozen meals and add a fresh or frozen veggie or two every day. Reach for foods such as asparagus, artichokes, spinach, collard greens, kale, green peas, mushrooms, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, almonds, yoghurt, apples, bananas, cherries blueberries, and walnuts. When you make these simple dietary additions you’re not only fighting inflammation, you’re helping to combat weight gain and high blood pressure.
TLC Tip 2 – Low-level inflammation has a nasty habit of causing skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis to flare up, but it can also make normal skin feel itchy, dry and flaky, too. Rub away dry skin caused by chronic stress by keeping your skin moisturized. Even on the busiest days, you can find a literal minute a few times a day to pamper yourself. Think of each time you slather on cream or lotion as a one-minute spa session. While smoothing on the lotion, breathe in slowly through your nose – all the way down into your belly, like a sleeping child – hold your breath for a moment then let the air out through your mouth gently and hold it a brief moment again. You’ll feel first-hand the relief relaxed breathing brings, and your skin will look and feel better, too.