Best Food, Inflammation, Rebekah's Health & Nutrition

The Best Food to Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural life-saving bodily response. It’s the immune system’s way of saying no to infection and healing from damage or injuries. But there’s such a thing as too much when it comes to this biological process. Chronic inflammation is associated with many illnesses, like arthritis, lupus, and heart disease.

That’s why being mindful of what you eat is crucial as there are certain foods that trigger and prolong the inflammatory response. These include refined carbohydrates, fried foods, sugary drinks, and processed meat. In the same way, there are many nutritious foods that fight off inflammation. If you want to switch to a more anti-inflammatory diet, here are the top food groups you should add to your grocery list:

• Vegetables and fruits

For veggies, you want to eat more green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach as well as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower. They’re the top foods dieticians recommend for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) because of naturally occurring compounds that block inflammation. These greens can help reduce joint swelling and pain, which will significantly improve mobility among RA patients.

Berries, cherries, oranges, and tomatoes (it’s a fruit!) are particularly good for toning down inflammation, too. They are rich in antioxidants or compounds that remove toxins in the body, which are known to promote inflammation.

There’s an infinite number of things you can do with fruits in your diet. But if you’re struggling to increase your intake, consider consuming them in smoothie form. All you need is an ordinary blender to whip up a quick smoothie filled with various vegetables and fruits. You can also try juicing them, but note that this process removes the fiber that’s known to aid in digestion.

• Whole grains

Whole grains may be a source of carbohydrates, but they are not refined. These superfoods retain the parts of the grain that contain the most nutrients, including iron, calcium, and fiber. Studies suggest that they reduce systemic inflammation because of the range of nutrients present in whole grains. These end up feeding the good gut bacteria that support the immune system.

What’s more, whole grains are truly some of the most versatile ingredients to cook with. All you need is a multi-functional rice cooker and you’re all set, as these are designed to cook different types of grains perfectly. Try making your own grain bowl by experimenting with brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, oats, and millet. Top them with a protein of choice and some healthy fats for a micronutrient-rich meal.

• Healthy fats

Speaking of healthy fats, they are also anti-inflammatory ingredients. This is especially true for omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found mainly in fatty fish. There are also vegetarian sources of omega-3s, including nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oil.

It’s not too hard to eat too many of these healthy fats. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel can be your main protein source, and you can add a dollop of guacamole to your grain bowl. Nuts and seeds are great for snacking, and can also be incorporated into oats, granola bars, and smoothies. And instead of searing your food with butter or canola oil, try cooking with olive oil.

• Medicinal plants

Many herbs and spices have medicinal uses. For instance, turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that blocks molecules related to inflammation. You can also add ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper to the list of anti-inflammatory spices to cook with. For herbs, green tea is a good choice as well as mushroom-based teas like chaga or ashwagandha. And of course, CBD tea can help reduce the painful symptoms of inflammation.

Making these dietary changes is but a small sacrifice to make in the name of health. Ensure that your immune system is in tip-top shape by eating more of these anti-inflammatory foods!

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Health Coach Lili, Rebekah's Health & Nutrition

Meet our Health Coach Lili!

Hello all! My name is Lili Conner and I am a graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition located in New York City. I am a certified Holistic Nutrition Health Coach. I am also a single mother of two small kiddos, a five year old boy and a two year old girl. As a health coach, I firmly believe we are given the resources to fully heal here on Mother Earth. If given the right environment our bodies would thrive and not struggle to survive. Every person is different, we refer to that as bio-individuality. What works for me, might be toxic for another human. I try to hear each client to the best of my ability, and guide them for what they need or the goals they want to reach. Recently I have begun diving into infectious diseases and how to help create a better atmosphere inside of the body to fight and defeat bacteria & viruses.

Outside of the nutrition and exercise aspects, I also take a holistic approach. For complete health and happiness it takes the mind, body, and soul to be aligned. I use a tool called the “Circle of Life” which is a great visual representation to show all aspects. We dive into spirituality, career, relationships, family, joy, finances, and much more. Sometimes we just need a gentle reminder brought to our attention for things to start flowing how we need again.

So why do YOU need a health coach? Great question!

How many times have you been to the doctor with a problem and they say “yes! You should lose weight. Here is a pill.” OR better yet “eat less and move more.” Yeah…that is all great and dandy. But how realistic is that one? A health coach is a guide on the side to formulate a plan specific for you. Not only will I make a plan to help you get to your goals, I help keep you accountable with multiple 1 on 1 sessions through the month, we also take a look at your mental health & habits in general. Health Coaches help to bridge the gap between doctors and clients. We put in the time needed to truly help guide and change habits when needed. A health coach will help you make better general choices that fit your lifestyle. Health coaches identify your greatest areas of struggle and provide the support needed to overcome those struggles, while creating a new balance for you.

If this is something that interests you or you feel you need a little extra love on your journey, call or come up to Rebekah’s in Clarkston!




Cleansing, Detoxing, Rebekah's Health & Nutrition


Should I Detox Before Starting My Weight Loss Program? Most of you are aware of the many health benefits of losing weight; many have heard that you should detoxify your body before you begin your program. What are the real facts?

The process of detoxifying your body before beginning any weight loss program is strongly recommended by all in the health field, many believe it will greatly improve the results and increase weight loss. Here are the benefits of following 14 to 20 days cleanse before beginning your program. No worries if you have already started your work-out routine, it is never too late to cleanse the body of impurities.

Remove Toxins – Detoxing will remove the harmful toxins and heavy metals from your body especially from the liver.

Jump start weight loss – The detoxification process done by itself, will cause you to lose weight before you start the actual diet.

Improve Digestion of Food – By cleansing your body it will adjust to better digesting of the new improved food that you are going to feed it.

Rid Body of Sodium – The detoxification will also rid your body of the harmful storage of sodium.

Increases Nutrition Absorption – By cleansing your body in advance of starting a diet, your body will be able to absorb all of the nutrients from the food you will be consuming thus making you feel much more energetic on a low calorie diet.

Rebalanced System – Your gastrointestinal tract will be cleansed during the detoxification stage which will assist in rebalancing the system.

Hunger Pains – You will adjust much quicker to a low calorie diet. Hunger pains are lessened, if your body is detoxified before starting the diet.

So it is not a question of if you should detox before starting your protocol, but what you should use for this cleansing. Rebekah’s Health and Nutrition supplies the purest approved detox products on the market today. Your total wellbeing is of the utmost concern to Rebekah and her staff and they will be happy to answer any concerns you may have about cleansing or any other health issues.

Working closely with Rebekah and her staff and your family physician you can improve your health immensely and change your lifestyle to live longer and healthier.

How can you decide what cleanse is right for you? Below are the common symptoms and proper cleanses related to different weight problem.

1. Are you going to the bathroom every day? If not, your colon may have problems naturally eliminating toxins and fat from your body. A colon cleanse is right for you.

2. Craving sugars and sweets? Candida wants to be fed and lives on carbohydrates and sugars, and if you are overweight you may have an abundance of candida in your body. Following a Candida cleanse will help lessen your hunger and also shrink your body.

3. No obvious problems but still have trouble losing weight with proper diet and exercise? Cleansing the liver and organs will boost your metabolism and help you lose weight faster. A whole body cleanse would be right for you.

Good Health to you!

Christiana Brey, Rebekah's Health & Nutrition

Christina Bray- Celebrate the Ordinary

Long post.. sorry not sorry😜

As I was driving my tired (ok exhausted) self home last night. Eating my ordinary protein bar and wearing my ordinary black yoga pants I started to think about how awfully ordinary my life is and it made me sad

Then this morning as I’m sipping my coffee, eating landons leftover bagel, wearing a different pair of black yoga pants, hair washed but not brushed… my life felt so ordinary yet again

School drop off and pick ups, juice boxes. Endless piles of laundry. Kids that constantly have questions, need help, or want to pick a fight. Day after day where I thank god for my ability to run off the stress but also day after day of so, so, so much ordinary

And then it hits me… ORDINARY is good. I mean, It can be anyways. It’s all how we choose to look at it right?

Sometimes I think we look at the highlight reel and grade ourselves on a scale that forgets that ordinary is perfection and ALL THE REST is just a bonus 👈 read that again!

The days that we “get” to spend with our kids. The messes we “get” to clean up. The memes that tell our story without us saying a word (you know which ones I’m talking about!!). Those are days we could take for granted and we probably often do

Ordinary does not mean easy. I mean who wants easy??? It doesnt mean doors wont be slammed. Bills wont be late. Yoga pants wont be tight or kids wont talk back.

It doesn’t mean your ex wont be a nightmare or your job wont be stressful. It doesnt mean relationships wont end or that you wont ever get sick. It also doesnt mean you wont just be really, really tired both mentally and physically sometimes. Im here to tell you that there is SO MUCH freaking tired in the ordinary and it’s ok

So for today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year… lets choose to celebrate the ordinary❤


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Holidays Got You Stressed?!

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The holiday season can be a hectic time, full of stress and anxiety. Right around now, it’s important to scale back and be mindful of how we are truly feeling and how we can relax as the season begins to ramp up. CBD may be incredibly beneficial for helping us get through the next month or two ahead, and may promote calmness, comfort, and focus. Keep reading to learn how our CBD products may help you take a step back and breathe!

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