Fight Inflammation Naturally For A More Healthy You

Fight Inflammation To Help Heal Yourself

Whenever there is an immune system response within your body’s there is inflammation. However, due to our way of life we have been moving further and further away from our natural design, our immune system stands guard in confusion, becoming over-active at times thus causing an exaggerated inflammatory response that results in an over stimulation of the inflammatory pathways within our bodies. Inflammation is an ancient defense mechanism. In our modern life, however, it is out of sync and we must fight inflammation in order to protect ourselves from chronic disease processes.   Fight Inflammation

To be fair, not all inflammation is harmful. Whenever we are injured, such as cutting ourselves in the kitchen or twisting our ankle while walking down stairs, we depend on acute inflammation to help us heal.  

But we also depend on inflammation turning itself off. Chronic inflammation, in response to poor diet, stress or pollution, wreaks havoc in our body like termites in a log cabin.

Here are some ways in which you can fight inflammation and restore balance:

1. To fight inflammation you must start by getting the junk out of your diet.

Eating junk food is one way to really heap on this inflammatory, out of control mess and eliminating it can help us heal. Clear your pantry of snack foods, condiments and ready-to-eat foods with ingredients that sound more like a chemistry experiment than equipment necessary for cellular repair and growth.

2. Know that you can’t fight inflammation without addressing your gut.

A healthy, functioning gut populated by a healthy community of appropriate gut bacteria keeps the immune system calm. Feed your gut and its residents with probiotics, zinc and plenty of whole plant foods. Embrace fermented foods like kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut (If you have a problem with methylation fermented foods are not recommended in your case). Help your gut to help absorb the nutrients that help the body.

3. Cut out the grains to help fight inflammation

Grains, such as gluten containing wheat spike blood sugar – a core driver of inflammation. Gluten also is responsible for many chronic diseases of our modern era. If you must eat grains, it is imperative that you find a doctor that will test your immune system antibodies to find if your immune system is reactive to the proteins found in those grains, such as gluten.

4. To fight inflammation you must know which foods cause you problems.

Foods that are common allergens, such as soy, wheat, dairy and corn, are not allergens for everyone. The immune systems reaction to food is genetic many times and is also linked to the health of the gut itself. If you are found to be immune system reactive to any plant based foods you must eliminate the offenders in order for you to be able to get control of the body’s inflammatory response.  Work with a practitioner that knows what tests to run (not the old “skin prick” allergy test), in order to identify your inflammatory triggers so you eliminate all but the powerfully healing foods.

5. In the fight inflammation ring you must ditch added sugars.

Sugar is the most inflammatory thing we eat, too much added sugar causes a spike in our blood sugar, eating sugary foods also cause blood sugar to rise and fall uncontrollably, like a run-away roller coaster, which causes undue stress on your entire body. However, stone fruits (fruits with pits such as cherries, avocados and plums) as well as berries, have a lower glycemic index, which means they won’t spike your blood sugar, as long as they are eaten in moderation, these nutrient dense fruits that are packaged with fiber help to foster a healthy digestive tract, which is a vital part of an anti-inflammatory diet.

6. Take time to relax in order to help fight inflammation.

Stress is a prime driver of chronic inflammation due to the over working of your adrenal glands, aka. your stress organs. These are the number one regulators of your blood glucose; they also

help in regulating the immune response and a whole host of other functions within your body. Limit your intake of alcohol, sugar, caffeine and other such stimulants. It is also important to control your mental stress by taking time to get away from them through things such as prayer and meditation as well as activities such as gardening, really anything that takes your mind off of those things that stress you out. Exercise, when done properly, has been proven to have a positive impact on controlling inflammation. Schedule sleep like you schedule your work; allow your body its healing time.

7. Fight inflammation by giving yourself an oil change: embrace healthy fats.

The types of oils/fats we consume directly influence inflammation. Fats and oils also impact the bacteria within the gut and the immune system that surrounds it. Stay away from all plant based oils that come from rapeseed, cottonseed, soy etc. Do eat coconut oils, olive oils. Cook with animal based lard whenever possible.

8. Don’t ignore the protein that you body must have in order to fight inflammation.

Don’t forget about protein. This is critical for your body to heal and regenerate. Protein is required for you to make and repair your muscle as well as for optimal functioning of your immune system, which will impact the inflammatory response. Attention to protein will supercharge your ability to heal. Eat 20 to 30 grams of protein at each meal.

9. Want to really fight inflammation? Eat colorful veggies including leafy greens daily.

Spinach, Chard, Collards … dark green leafy vegetables come packed with anti-inflammatory chlorophyll and are foundational to anti-inflammatory living. The brassicas aka. cruciferous vegetables like Broccoli, Kale and Brussels Sprouts also contain sulfur-based compounds, which reduce the pathways that cause inflammation and help control chronic diseases such as gout.

10. To fight inflammation always remember that you should eat to live, not live to eat!

If you are in need of real healing, a diet that is 100% anti-inflammatory might be just what is needed in your life. Don’t get overwhelmed which leads to giving up; it’s important that you find a doctor that is intimately familiar with these types of cases. You will need a doctor who has an extensive background in these types of health cases, who will be there to hold your hand and guide you along your journey towards wellness.

Edited from source:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14686/10-things-i-tell-anyone-who-wants-to-fight-inflammation.html