How to deal with inflammation naturally...
It's the MIDDLE of the year!!!!
How did that happen? Is it just me or are you finding that 2018 is flying by?
Have you done a mini review of the year so far?
Look back over the last 6 months and consider what you have accomplished...
For me it's exciting to see what I've done - growing my band of women who are
looking for more energy,
to lose their muffin top,
find a better work/life/mom balance and
get ahead with putting them and their health as a priority.
In my personal life I've implemented changes that see me now out walking in the morning between 7 - 7.30am.
Yup, I'm one of those moms who is out there walking.
I used to see those moms when I dropped my son off at play school and wonder, "how do they do that?"
It helps to have my husband take my son to school but he's been doing that for the last 2.5 years and it is only recently that I've started walking at that time.
So I guess it is because I have made it a priority.
Any health problem that ends in -ITIS can involve inflammation.
So a muscle or joint, your lungs or digestive system can becomce inflamed.
This is a response by your body that it is reacting to or maybe even over reacting to an injury of some kind.
The injury doesn't have to be physical.
Stress can cause inflammation.
When your body doesn't have enough essential fats and supporting nutrients it is possible for your body to overreact.
the supporting nutrients are vitamins B3, B6, biotin, vitamin C, zinc and magnesium. Vitamin B5 is also needed to make coritsol, the body's anti-inflammatory hormone.
And what do we do when we have soreness?
Most times we pop an anti-inflammatory or painkiller and the symptoms are dealt with.
And we carry on with life until the next time... We never deal with the cause of our inflammation.
As a result we move into a cycle of pain and discomfort -
pop an anti-inflammatory -
feel better -
but our liver starts to become overloaded and can't perfom its primary function of detoxification -
so you get an infection - which you treat with anti-biotics -
which puts your gut flora out of balance -
you start to feel better - until the next time.
And repeated episodes of this situation set you up for inflammation of your gut.
So now not only are you dealing with a pain in your shoulder or lower back or knee but now your digestive system isn't working in your favour.
This leads to the onset of lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes, raised cholesterol and heart disease, cancer and possibly a lifelong auto-immune disease like Lupus or Hashimoto thyroiditis.
Now that I've painted such a picture of doom and gloom...
(sorry aobut that!)
Let's talk about nutritional anti-inflammatories.
Nutrients - Bromelain, Carotenoids, Flavonoids, Magensium salicylate
Amino acids - Glutamine, Lysine
Herbs - Aloe vera, Echinacea, Garlic, Ginger, Liquorice, Turmeric
I've chosen 1 nutrient from each group - Bromelain, Glutamine and Ginger
the enzyme found in pineapples.
Do you remember in school learning that pineapplecan be used as a meat tenderiser?
That's because bromelain helps to digest protein and aids in absorbing nutrients efficiently.
So it is useful for dealing with digestive issues.
Studies show that it helps to reduce the secretion of pro-inflammatory molecules that can damage your digestive lining.
It can also provide treatment for osteoarthritis which is a better alternative than painkillers.1
You can get it in capsule form from pharmacies and health stores.
an old folk remedy to help relieve an upset stomach or nausea.
Who drank ginger tea while pregnant with morning sickness or ate ginger biscuits?
Ginger has been used for thousands of years and is recorded in ancient Chinese, Rpman, Greek and Sanskrit texts.
It helps to reduce the pain associated iwth periods and headaches.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties it can help with both joint and muscle pain.
The compounds in ginger that are anti-inflammatory are gingerol, shogaol, paradol and zingerene.
They help to stop the creation of certain markers of inflammation. You can get ginger in capsule form from large pharmacies and health stores.
Plus you can add ginger root to your herbal teas and meals.
Click here for a couple of tasty recipes.
this is an amino acid and is used by our bodies in large quantities. It is very helpful in boosting your immune system so that you can fight infections and diseases.
it is a vital nutrient in repairing and rebuilding your digestive system. L-glutamine also normalises the response of the immune system to inflammatory cell signalling molecules.
It reduces the permeability of the digestive wall by helping to repair the cells of the gut. The gut is only ONE cell thick.
Glutamine is available in capsule and powder form from pharmacies and health food stores.
So when you're relatively healthy and you have some inflammation then using one or other supplement will have the necessary effect. Healing will be restored.
But if you find yourself in a place where your health is compromised to the point that you are chronically inflammed for no apparent reason, then I'd suggest that you seek help from a professional.
You can book a complimentary call to discuss your health needs.
I look forward to speaking with you!