This post is informational only and does not replace medical advice – Please consult with your own health professional
What is Inflammation?
Many people wake up in the morning with stiff joints, and while this is your body adjusting to inactivity for prolonged periods of time, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have inflammation
Inflammation goes much deeper than morning stiffness, it can be a painful, debilitating condition brought on by a lot of different factors, including, stress, diet, lifestyle, injury or illness
Inflammation is your body’s immune system malfunctioning. It’s associated with arthritis and some autoimmune conditions
Inflammation occurs when chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues to protect your body from foreign substances. The release of these chemicals increase blood flow to the area of injury or infection, and result in redness and warmth. Sometimes the chemicals cause a leak of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. This process stimulates nerves and cause pain.
Doctors are quick to prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, but they do not often solve the root of the problem and many of them have ingredients and additives people may be allergic or sensitive to or that cause other issues like asthma
So what can we do to help ourselves?
Exercise – this is a great, sensible solution written down on paper, but the reality is that exercise is a crazy thing to suggest, because often those with inflammation are so sore and in so much pain, they literally are unable to exercise. And really, don’t these doctors think we would exercise if we could ?
Another solution may be physiotherapy that gently aids you into moving your joints more and becoming more active, but from personal experience, sometimes this can make the joints more inflamed
Aquatic exercises are a better option because they are not weight bearing and have less impact on joints
DIET can play a big part in inflammation
Fried, fatty foods & white pasta can play a big part in inflammation, the elimination of these alone, can drastically reduce inflammation, as can a lot of highly processed foods
There is some light at the end of the inflammation tunnel
Even if you can’t take anti inflammatory drugs or exercise, you can take small pro-active steps by modifying your diet
There are known foods, available organically, in nature that can greatly improve the symptoms of inflammation in our body
Foods that Fight Inflammation:
- Green Beans
- Sweet potatoes
Green Leafy Vegetables
- Bok Choy
- Bell Peppers / Capsicum
- Red Beets / beetroot
- Cumin Seeds
- Olive Oil
Nuts & Grains:
- Brown rice
Many doctors suggest a Mediterranean diet high in Omega 3
While these foods may not totally cure your inflammation, they certainly will help to relieve some of the symptoms and reduce inflammation in your body