Eating to decrease inflammation: Daikon + Orange Salad
Recipe from http://pinkkitchen.info/
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it is likely that lymph nodes have been removed so that doctors can gain a clearer picture of the type of cancer involved. While this is a useful procedure in planning treatment, it also comes with a price. Who would think the absence of something as tiny as a lymph node would be a problem? But it certainly can be!
Lymph nodes are responsible for helping to ‘take out the trash’ in our bodies. Many of the extra fluids in our bodies go to the lymph drainage fluid, which is inside the lymph nodes. For example, did you ever have a sore throat with swollen glands? Those glands are actually lymph nodes, trapping the infection in order to fight it. Ideally, our immune system fights the infection, and then our muscles contract to help send the toxins out of our lymph nodes. But when lymph nodes have been removed, this fluid sometimes gets backed up because now, there are less places for the fluid to go. This can cause swelling and other health issues.
But inflammation is not just limited to cancer survivors. Inflammation is a natural response within the body to anything that will put it in danger, such as allergies, infections, or extreme stress. It can also be caused by poor diet, alcohol, obesity, and an inactive lifestyle.
Here are four proactive things you can do to reduce the likelihood of inflammation:
1.) Do some form of stretching every day, as well as some type of movement. Even on days when you only have 10 minutes to spare, squeeze in a few squats or torso twists. The important thing is to get your circulation going so the junk can leave your body.
2.) Decrease your intake of alcohol and processed foods.
3.) Eat more foods that decrease inflammation. More on that in a moment…
4.) If you’ve had lymph nodes removed from an arm, avoid having blood pressure taken or blood drawn on that side, and avoid sunburn. Also, when traveling on a plane, wear a compression sleeve. Don’t worry, this does not have to be the type that your Granny wears! There is a great company called LympheDIVAS which sells some extremely fashionable sleeves.
And now, for the food! Every ingredient in today’s salad helps to deter inflammation. How’s that for prevention?
If you’ve never tried a daikon radish, it’s about time you do. They are similar to a red radish in flavor. In addition to being anti-inflammatory, they are also full of vitamin C and potassium.
Oranges contain many flavonoids which are anti-inflammatory as well as anti-tumor.
For 4 Person(s)
- 1 large orange
- 2 large sprigs of fresh mint
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) onion powder
- 1/4 grapeseed oil or olive oil
- 1 packet of NuStevia
- 1 red pepper flakes to taste
- 1 medium daikon radish
Eating to decrease inflammation: Daikon + Orange Salad Directions
- Peel daikon, then slice into thin discs.
- Slice a small bit off of each end of the orange.
- Holding the orange with one of the cut ends on the cutting board, carefully slice off the peel vertically, enough so that the white of the orange (‘pith’) is also removed. Set peels aside for dressing.
- Discard any thick mint stems. Chop mint.
- Place mint, cumin, onion powder, salt, and NuStevia into a small bowl.
- Squeeze the juice and pulp from the orange peels into this bowl. Then, zest the orange peels into the bowl. Discard the remainder of the peel once you’ve zested it.
- Mix all ingredients in the bowl with a whisk or a fork. Add daikon and toss with the dressing.
- Place a portion of the daikon mixture on a plate. Top with orange slices. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.