Systemic inflammation is more common than we might think.

It’s a bodily response to stress and poor diet. While some inflammation is a natural part of the immune system’s function, chronic inflammation can happen when we never give the body a chance to recover- in other words, when we are repeatedly stressed out or we repeatedly consume inflammatory foods.

Chronic inflammation leads to both weight gain and chronic illness, and it can be very difficult to lose weight unless we begin consuming mostly alkaline rather than a mostly acidic diet. Here’s a good chart of acid and alkaline foods.

INGREDIENTS (all organic)

1 cup spinach

1 cup parsley

1 apple

5 ribs celery

1 large cucumber

2 medium avocados (fruit only, discard peel and pit)

2 tbsp coconut oil

juice from 1 lime

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