Inflammation is a natural process and can be a good thing, in some cases. Everyone has experienced the remarkable phenomenon of acute inflammation – a sprained ankle, splinter, or cut – and as a result have witnessed the affected area turn red, puffy and hot as your immune system rushes to your aid to assess the injury and fight any pathogen that might have entered your body.
A normal, healthy inflammatory response should flare up and die down again a short time later, as the healing process resolves the inflammation and the injury heals. Pain and inflammation should not be chronic, it should go away – but what if it doesn’t?
Inflammatory snowball effect
Imagine if you kept injuring yourself in the same location repetitively. The result would be unresolved ongoing inflammation. However, not all inflammation has a visible injury. For example, if there is inflammation in your gut, the only symptom may be some niggling gut issues, yet you cannot ‘see’ the problem. Nevertheless, there may be an inflammatory snowball effect occurring inside. Unresolved inflammation, visible or not, becomes more problematic the longer it keeps interfering with the normal workings of your body, and has been linked to many types of chronic disease such as arthritis and type 2 diabetes.
‘Niggling’ issues, such as gut or maybe joint discomfort, should be addressed to avoid the snowball effect occurring.
Stop inflammation going ‘through the roof’
Nobody wants to be in pain, and for optimal health it is important to stop abnormal inflammation in its tracks. Pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories are commonly used to help relieve persistent pain, however some medications may be accompanied by unwanted side effects if used long term. Fortunately, there is a wide range of natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief solutions that can be individualised for your situation, whether you need acute care or more ongoing support.
Safe and natural solutions for inflammation
Many people are aware that fish oils reduce inflammation and can assist with joint conditions such as arthritis; however there are also herbal ingredients that offer safe and effective anti-inflammatory support, for example:
Turmeric – this traditional anti-inflammatory herb has a long history of use for injuries, whilst recent research demonstrates it also helps reduce the swelling and pain of arthritic conditions. Particularly, BCM-95 ® Turmeric has significantly enhanced absorption, meaning you get the benefit of this powerful herbs’ anti-inflammatory properties when you need it.
Other herbs such as Boswellia, Devils Claw and Jamaican Dogwood have been proven to be analgesic, anti-rheumatic and have anti-inflammatory qualities. When combined, not only do these natural power-packed herbs help reduce pain, they also decrease spasms and improve blood flow, therefore support the healing process.
These anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving herbs are ‘gut friendly’ and safe for long-term use.
What causes long-term inflammation?
It is important to learn which diet and lifestyle behaviours may be adding to inflammation in your body, such as:
2. Being an unhealthy weight
3. Eating a diet containing refined/processed carbohydrates (e.g. white bread, pasta, white rice, cereals)
4. Consuming ’trans’ fats (e.g. fried or fast foods, packaged baked goods, vegetable fats used in some margarines)
5. Being sleep deprived
6. Regularly consuming alcohol, coffee, excess sugar and/or processed salt
7. Experiencing ongoing digestive issues that upset the balance of ‘good’ bacteria (e.g. stomach pain, bloating, diarrhoea)
8. Experiencing ongoing psychological stress (unhappy employment situation, social isolation, caring for a loved one with a serious disease).
Modifying any or all of these is an important step in a holistic approach to reducing inflammation that may be contributing to your pain or illness.
Put an end to inflammation!
Don’t let visible or invisible inflammation be a perpetuating problem! I can recommend safe and effective natural medicines, along with the knowledge of what you specifically need to help you address any pain and inflammation you may have.
Addressing inflammation can not only improve your quality of life now, but reduce your risk of chronic disease in future.