Heading into the cooler months, we all seek out that comfort food that keeps us warm and cozy. However, we need to be careful with what we’re eating to make sure we don’t consume too many inflammatory ingredients. What is inflammation in terms of our diet and nutrition? It’s a swelling, and sometimes painful, reaction our body creates when we eat certain foods, such as refined carbs, sugary drinks, dairy, and alcohol. Now, temporary inflammation in the body is a good thing when we’re trying to fight off an injury or infection—it’s our body’s way of mounting a defense against “intruders.” But, when the inflammation is chronic due to improper diet and nutrition, our body can start to attack our good, healthy cells.
We’ve started drinking an incredible, and easy to make, drink to help fight the inflammation that gives us that bloated feeling and appearance. The drink includes anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as ginger, and alkalinic ingredients, such as cucumbers, which help fight acid build-up in our bodies. It is also very low in sugar, making it a great alternative to soda and sports drinks!
Next time you go to the grocery store, make sure you buy these ingredients to create the perfect drink to help decrease your inflammation and get you feeling and looking great again!
What you need:
- 2 liters of water
- 1 teaspoon grated, fresh ginger
- 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced into rounds
- 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced into rounds
- 10 to 15 mint leaves
What you do:
- Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let sit for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator
- Drink 4-5 glasses during the day and enjoy!