6 Easy Steps to use to Reduce Inflammation
Contrary to what you might believe, it is often possible to reduce inflammation without having to take any drugs, many of which can cause very nasty side effects. The internet is awash with home remedies which people have found useful, but as is to be expected, what works for one person might not work for the next. Basically, if you want to stop inflammation without have to take drugs, then you'll almost certainly have to try a few different approaches before you find the one that works best for you. In the paragraphs that follow, I going to discuss six possible candidates, but before I do that, I think we should fist take a look at inflammation itself.
What Is Inflammation?
According to Medical News Today inflammation is a natural process that takes place within the body when the body is attempting to eradicate harmful stimuli, including things like pathogens or damaged cells.
Many people associate inflammation with an infection, but this is not actually the case. An infection can and often does result in inflammation, but it does not directly cause the inflammation. Instead, the inflammation is the body's response to the inflammation. It's a sign that your body is aware of a problem, and it is attempting to rid itself of the problem.
Let's for example say that you twist your ankle. Some damage has occurred so your immune system immediately goes to work in order to protect and repair your ankle and the surrounding muscles and tendons. This attempt at self repair manifests itself in the form of inflammation. Unfortunately however, the immune system sometimes mistakes inflammation for being something harmful, in which case it moves in to fight the inflammation, thereby causing further inflammation.
At this point, let's just say that inflammation is a complex and extremely vital function of the immune system. However, when it gets out of control, it can cause devastating health problems, including:
- Coronary artery disease (the leading cause of death internationally)
Believe me, the above mentioned condition are just the tip of the iceberg as far as inflammation related illnesses are concerned. In fact, many health experts are now starting to call inflammation the Secret Killer. To make matters even worse, people, and especially medical professional have historically always tried to stop inflammation by suppressing it through the use of pharmaceutical drugs. Let's think about this for a minute. How can the body heal itself if we are doing everything we can to prevent it. Of course there are times when it's in your best interest to stop inflammation, but is it not better to work with your immune system rather than work against it.? For this reason, I always recommend trying a natural approach before turning to pharmaceuticals. Let's take a look now at some natural remedies which have helped countless people reduce inflammation.
Now, I realize that there are many people out there who really can't even stand the thought of having to do some exercise, but since you're reading this article, I'd like to believe that you aren't one of them. If holistic health means anything to you, then you'll already know just how beneficial some regular exercise can be. And, if you want to stop inflammation, then you'll be pleased to know that regular exercise can reduce inflammation by up to 30%.
Studies have shown that stroke risk can be reduced by 12% simply by doing 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week. You don't need to join a gym or go jogging every day either. A nice brisk walk is just as effective, as is working in the garden, or even mowing your lawn. Any type of activity that increases you heart rate counts.
I'd be very surprised if you told me you weren't expecting to see me mentioning diet, because let's face it, diet and healthy living go hand in hand. Just like a poor diet can cause an untold number of problems, a good healthy diet can help you to prevent a myriad of problems, with inflammation being one of them.
Certain foods are known to aggravate diseases such as arthritis, and we all know that the type of food we eat contributes to the thickening of arterial walls, which in turn puts you at risk of stroke or heart attack. Remember, coronary artery disease, which is essentially inflammation of the artery walls, is the number one cause of death in the world today.
Now for the disappointment – I am not even going to attempt listing all the foods you should or should not eat. There is plenty of information on the internet, and besides, most health conscious people already know which foods are best avoided. If you would like to learn more about anti inflammatory diets you can do so by visiting the WebMD website here.
Before I even mention anything about supplements that can help to stop inflammation, I must first make it clear that I always believe that it's best to get all the vitamins and nutrients you require from proper whole foods. Having said all that, I also believe that certain supplements do have their place when it comes to holistic health.
3. Omega 3 Fish Oil
A good example of an anti inflammatory supplement would be omega-3 fish oil supplements, but care must be taken to find a high quality supplement, and one which is free of any additives. Many people don't eat enough fish, and there are also concerns about heavy metal poisoning when it comes to seafood. In this regard, a good supplement can help to fill the gap considering that omega-3 fatty acids are well known for their anti inflammatory properties.
4. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3 supplements are also worth considering because vitamin D deficiency has be directly linked to inflammation, and experts claim that at least 50% or more of the world's population has inadequate vitamin D levels. Countless studies have shown that risk of developing coronary artery disease can be significantly reduced simply by maintaining an adequate level of vitamin D in your blood. Again, care must be taken when choosing a particular brand of supplement.
5.) Aloe Vera
The healing properties of aloe vera have been known and appreciated for thousands of years already, but only today are we starting to truly understand just how amazing this plant actually is. Experts now also know that it contains some powerful enzymes capable of destroying free radicals which responsible for certain types of inflammation. Oral aloe vera gel is routinely used by patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease, and it's currently be evaluated for its effectiveness at treating other inflammatory diseases. You can learn more about this by visiting the National Institute of Health website.
6. Olive Oil
It's a well established fact that olive oil is beneficial to health, providing you only use extra virgin olive oil. We now also know that olive oil can help to stop inflammation. The reason for this being that it contains phenolic compounds that are known for their ability to suppress a number of genes that are associated with inflammation. If you'd like to find out more detailed information regarding the anti inflammatory properties of olive oil, I would recommend visiting the US National Library of Medice website here.
Original source: Healthy Holistic Living