Reducing Inflammation Naturally
Recently we’ve received a spate of emails from people crying out for help with reducing inflammation naturally.
It’s affecting so many of you in so many different ways. From swollen arms and a general all round feeling of puffiness through to the development of auto immune conditions and extreme brain fog.
The repercussions of chronic inflammation are long lasting and can lead to serious illness.
We’ve all witnessed a cut on our hand or leg become red and angry looking at some time. Well that angry red puffiness is inflammation. Can you imagine what that would be like for your body if it was happening 24/7 inside and throughout your body?!
Well that is exactly what Chronic Inflammation is and it doesn’t create for a very happy body. Chronic inflammation is often a key contributor to many diseases including cancer, IBS, obesity, heart disease and autoimmune illnesses all because it puts your body in an unnatural and long term state of stress.
Inflammation is a completely normal and beneficial process that occurs when your body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.
You actually need some level of inflammation in your body to stay healthy.
However it’s increasingly common, for the inflammatory response to get out of hand and turn into chronic inflammation.
If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to excess inflammation in your body, a condition linked to asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, chrones disease, thyroid conditions and other diseases, depending on which organs the inflammation is impacting.
For Bec, it’s her Thyroid which is strongly affected by inflammation. Her face and neck become quite puffed up and swollen. Keeping inflammation in check for her is imperative and never stops.
Unfortunately, chronic inflammation typically will not produce symptoms until actual loss of function occurs somewhere. This is because chronic inflammation is low-grade and systemic, often silently damaging your tissues over an extended period of time. This process can go on for years without you noticing, until a disease suddenly sets in.
The right diet is crucial to keep inflammation under control and at healthy levels. Wheat, gluten and refined sugar are the bad guys in this situation as they love to create inflammation which is why it’s so important to avoid them.
Here are some foods that can help lower inflammation. We include plenty of these in our MGO meals to help you kick inflammations butt!
- Cold water fish such as sardines and consciously sourced salmon or Omega 3 supplements.
- Sea Veggies such as Kelp and Dulse
- Olive Oil
- Cruciferous Veggies such as Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower.
- Green Tea and Matcha Green Tea
- Sweet Potato
The other recommendation we have is get yourself a bottle of Frankincense or Copaiba Essential Oil. I know I know, sounds like some kind of hippy crap but honestly, the studies that are coming to light on the powerful impacts of this oil on chronic inflammation are astounding.
Including a Citrus essential oil such as Grapefruit or Lemon in your daily diet as well as Frankincense will support your body's own anti inflammatory processes.
Now food isn’t the only cause of inflammation, not by a long shot. Stress has a pretty significant part to play in this equation but there’s only so much we can help you with in this department.
Sure we can take the stress out of eating healthy (and we do that rather well) but ultimately, stress management is up to you.
Get outside, walk barefoot on the earth, read a book, meditate, laugh, love, massages…you get the drift…. are all going to help manage your stress levels.
We know first hand just how hard it is to put a self care routine to manage stress levels in place but you know what, it’s just got to be done. Set aside 10 minutes a day in your calendar to just sit with your breath in a quiet space. This time is non negotiable. Schedule it into your calendar and make an appointment with yourself that must be kept.
There are some terrific apps out there such as One Giant Mind or Headspace that lead you through a guided meditation. It’s a great place to start and get used to the idea of sitting and doing nothing.
Let us take care of your food stress and you can take care of ‘you’ stress.