AVOCADOS-The anti inflammatory fruit!

EAT MORE GUACAMOLE!!

It’s actually very good for your aches and pains! Avocados are a great source of healthy unsaturated fat and antioxidants. Research shows that avocados reduce inflammation, blood sugar, and cholesterol and lessen the pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. They’re even a great replacement for oils and fats—use mashed avocado wherever you’d typically spread butter or mayo.  One of my favorites is avocado toast, so yummy! I found some restaurants in Charlotte serving avocado toast for brunch. Yay!

Inflammation has become an absolute epidemic. Thanks to increasingly high stress levels and an over-reliance on processed foods, many of us are plagued with chronic inflammation—everything from acne to allergies, intestinal issues, neurological disorders, autoimmune diseases, and joint pain.

The anti-inflammatory properties of avocados are so strong that they may actually offset less healthy food choices. A 2013 study in the journal Food & Function looked at the amount of inflammation that followed eating a hamburger with and without the addition of avocado. Researchers found that eating the hamburger with about 2 ounces of avocado limited the inflammatory response seen after eating the hamburger alone. So add slices to sandwiches or add a few chunks to your next salad or smoothie for a healthy snack.

There are other foods and spices you can add to your diet to offset inflammation: Pineapple (contains bromelain enzyme extract), turmeric, ginger extract, and papain enzyme found in papayas to name a few.

Are you thinking about remodeling?

If you are curious which remodeling projects you should or should not start, check out this graph.  You will see which improvements give you the greatest return on your investment.  Notice the 91.3% ROI on replacing your entry door with new steel doors!  I would say that’s worth it!

I added these double doors to my house about four years ago and wow what a difference it made from the outside and inside of my home!  My house looks more expensive from the outside and brighter in the inside.  Message me and I will share my favorite door company with you.

Make sure you are doing the right projects for the right reasons.  Are you updating to sell your house or remodeling for a long term investment?  I had clients that thought they needed to remodel their entire kitchen and bathrooms before putting their house on the market.  I advised them not too, we priced their house right, and they got a full price offer in 3 days!  I can tell you what the market dictates by neighborhood and help you determine the amount of updating necessary to sell your property.

Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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