Inflammation is how your body reacts when it’s hurt or has an infection. It signals your immune system to defend the body and protect against germs.

Sometimes, inflammation sticks around longer than needed, causing ongoing problems. But eating healthy and living well can help reduce inflammation.

Here are some simple things to do to help your body heal naturally:

  • Eat Greens. Consuming vegetables like spinach and kale offers your body vitamins that fight inflammation. Darker greens are even better. Preparing Lean & Green meals like the Crustless Spinach Quiche or the Yogurt Dill Salmon with Kale Salad is a great way to include more greens into your diet.
  • Get enough sleep. Try to sleep for 7 – 9 hours each night. Sleep helps your body recover and lowers inflammation.
  • Handle stress. Stress can make inflammation worse. Try meditation, exercise or writing in a journal to stay calm.
  • Get Vitamin D. Low Vitamin D can cause inflammation. Spend 15 – 20 minutes in the sun or eat fatty fish like salmon. You can also find Vitamin D in OPTAVIA Fuelings.

To learn more about inflammation, co-founder and independent OPTAVIA Coach, Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen suggests reading Part 2.14 in Dr. A’s Habits of Health Transformational System, Inflammation: Dousing the Flame.

The time is now for better health! Let’s talk soon to discuss your year-end goals and your plan for the upcoming holiday season.

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