Inflammation. Inflammation is one of those things that gets tossed around by mainstream medicine -- as if it's not that big of a deal. I mean so many people suffer with it on a daily basis, it can't be that bad, right? What's common is normal? Umm no. Cause here's the thing... it IS a big deal. Whether this inflammation is from poor diet, injuries, less-than-optimal digestive system, allergies, etc. etc., it affects our entire well-being and how our day will look. It's a message our bodies sends to tell us it needs support! And it's important that we reduce inflammation naturally.
This is why it's key to help our bodies heal from any source inflammation. And I'm not talking about with pain medications either... (read this post to find out why pain meds are the last thing you want when dealing with inflammation). I'm talking about really going deep into WHY you have the pain in the first place, and supporting your body to heal itself at the root. Knowing the "why" can help tremendously in knowing exactly how you can support your body with its particular cause of inflammation.
Here are the Top 15 Remedies to reduce inflammation naturally and help your body heal:
Foods and Nutrients to ADD to Help Lower Inflammation:
- Wild fatty fish or quality supplement - Wild fatty fish are great sources of Omega-3s! Because of the way most of the Western world tends to consume way too much Omega-6s and saturated fats, including Omega-3s into your diet will help balance prostaglandin formation allowing the body to remain in balance and not become inflamed.
- Turmeric - Turmeric contains curcumin which protects the body against the oxidation of fats as well as oxidative stress in the body.
- Ginger - Ginger works very similarly as turmeric as they are both considered to be an anti-inflammatory spices and have been used for generations in healing practices.
- Cruciferous vegetables - Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, etc. all contain certain compounds that have been both studied and shown to help reduce various types of inflammation.
- Eat plenty of green leaf veggies and berries - These fruits and veggies contain both an array of nutrients and antioxidants. Including these into your diet will enable your body to absorb the nutrients and antioxidants it craves and reduce that inflammation caused by nutrient deficiencies.
- Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera can be applied to the skin (as on burns) and can also be used in juice form to help heal and de-flame the stomach.
- Tart Cherry Juice - Tart cherry juice has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties esp when used for physical training (healing from a long run or alike) and for relieving occasional headaches.
- L-Glutamine - L-glutamine is particularly great for healing the stomach lining and prevent the invasion of food across the gut barrier and also reducing inflammation in the intestines.
- Probiotics - Whether in pill form or whole food form, probiotics help balance the ratio between "good" and "bad" bacteria in the body and also heals the gut lining to allow a healthy and flourishing gut barrier.
Life-Style Changes to Reduce Inflammation Naturally:
- Reduce sugar - Sugar directly contributes to micronutrient stealing which will cause deficiencies and imbalances.
- Reduce grains - Grains contain lectins which binds to nutrients making them unable to be absorbed. This causes nutrient deficiencies and inflammation in the body.
- Reduce all foods that you are sensitive to - This should be a given, but if your body is sensitive to a certain food (or food group) it is going to cause inflammation. Sometimes all it takes is removing an irritating food to rid your bloating and pain.
- Exercise - Lack of exercise is known to cause low-grade chronic inflammation. So getting out and doing any type of exercise will lessen the chance of having inflammation. It will also, as a bonus, make you feel better which in turn will lower inflammation.
- Practice stress-relief - All types of stress-relief will...well... relieve stress from the body and mitigate inflammation caused by excess or chronic stress. This can include yoga, meditation, daily prayer, going out in nature, and even just relaxing or taking a nap can help lower that stress and therefore lower inflammation.
- Get quality sleep - It is during your sleep that your body does its deep cleaning. This means that quality sleep is essential for reducing and preventing inflammation.
So there you have it! 15 Ways to Reduce Inflammation Naturally.
Which one (or ones) from the list above will you begin to implement into your life to help reduce inflammation?? Share in the comments below!
Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Elson M. Haas, MD