A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Inflammation
I had a question the other day about inflammation.
Inflammation is a natural reaction to injury or infection.
The affected tissues swell, redden, become warm and tender, and may be painful.
Proteins called cytokines attack the threatening germ and repair damaged tissues.
Too much inflammation can harm your body, however, leading to immobility, weight loss, eroding of muscle tissue and the power to fight disease.
Disorders involving specific types and/or locations of inflammation include bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and tendinitis, just to name a few.
Cardiovascular disease also may be at least partially a result of inflammation in the linings of your arteries.
Things triggering inflammation include a diet rich in omega-6 fatty acids, drug overuse, exposure to environmental toxins, free radical damage, infections, injury, and trauma.
Any organ or tissue of your body, internal or external, can become inflamed.
Internal inflammation is often caused by bacterial infection, but can also be caused by things like allergies, anemia, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, Crohn’s disease, osteoarthritis, peptic ulcer disease, or ulcerative colitis.
External inflammation is usually the result of injury, but can also result from (or be aggravated by) allergies, infection, and other factors.
Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to identify the source of inflammation.
To deal with inflammation it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 10 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Alfalfa is a good source of minerals and chlorophyll.
*Aloe vera juice is helpful for inflammation.
*Boswellia and turmeric help to reduce inflammation.
*Cat’s claw is good for inflammation and healing (don’t take if you’re pregnant).
*Cayenne, curcumin, devil’s claw, ginger, pau d’arco, red clover, stinging nettle, white willow bark, and yucca are all good for inflammation.
*A poultice combining fenugreek and flaxseed can be applied directly to the affected area to subdue inflammation. As an alternative, a goldenseal or mustard poultice can be used.
*Olive leaf extract eases inflammation and is good for any bacterial infection.
*Eat a diet made of 75% raw foods, and drink plenty of herbal teas and juices.
*Eat foods high in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants and useful for inflammation reduction. Spinach and blueberries are excellent sources of flavonoids. Strawberries contain smaller amounts. Quercetin, found in onions, is good for inflammation as well.
*Eat half a fresh pineapple or fresh papaya daily. Pineapple contains bromelain and papaya contains papain, both enzymes that reduce swelling and inflammation. It should reduce the pain and swelling in 2-6 days. Only fresh pineapple or papaya (not canned) is effective. Bromelain is also available in pill form.
*Eat cold-water fish like herring, mackerel, salmon, and sardines at least twice a week, as they’re rich sources of essential fatty acids. Take fish oil capsules as well.
*Limit saturated fats and polyunsaturated fats rich in omega-6s like corn oil, cottonseed oil, and sunflower oil. For heart health, use other polyunsaturated fats like canola, safflower, and soybean oil. Avoid packaged goods, because many contain omega-6-rich fats.
*Limit your intake of salt.
*Avoid cola, sugar, white flour products, and junk foods.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they’re neurotoxins.
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