Natural Remedies to Combat Chronic Inflammation

Natural Remedies to Combat Chronic Inflammation

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While acute inflammation is a reaction of the body’s immune system attempt to fight foreign invasions by releasing inflammatory chemicals, chronic inflammation is detrimental.

When the body is chronically inflamed, it means that the immune system is continually working to fight these combatants and can result in the body developing autoimmune conditions or other lifestyle diseases. Fortunately, some natural remedies could help lessen chronic inflammation in the body.

Diet

An anti-inflammatory diet is often recommended as one of the first steps in working towards reducing chronic inflammation.

Certain foods are high in anti-inflammatory components and should be included in your diet while avoiding other foods that cause inflammation.

  • Anti-inflammatory foods:

    Adding more vegetables, fruits, nuts, and healthy fats can reduce chronic inflammation.

    Some examples of anti-inflammatory foods include avocados, broccoli, berries, kale, spinach, other leafy greens, fish, apples, cherries, almonds, and walnuts.

    It’s also recommended to include omega-3 supplements to further boost the anti-inflammatory process.

  • Pro-inflammatory foods:

    The foods that must be avoided while trying to fight chronic inflammation include refined sugar, process foods, white flour products like bread, vegetable oils, dairy, and processed meat.

Lifestyle

As most cases of chronic inflammation are caused by unhealthy lifestyles, making changes to how we live could produce immense benefit.

  • Stress Management:

    Stress should not be taken lightly as it impacts inflammation negatively when stress becomes chronic, also shown by research on post-traumatic stress. Biofeedback, yoga, meditation, and tai-chi can all help manage daily stress.

  • Stop Smoking and Reduce Drinking:

    Smoking and heavy drinking are vices that affect overall health in a number of ways, chronic inflammation being one of them.     

  • Sleep and Exercise:

    Sufficient sleep and exercise are two main pillars on which good health stands. Reduce chronic inflammation by following sleep hygiene and a daily routine of physical activity.

CBD Oil

CBD oil has certain properties that make it a strong contender among natural remedies for reducing chronic inflammation. It is known to influence changes in the DNA expression, potentially asking your cells to release more antioxidants to combat inflammation.

Not only has CBD oil been seen to inhibit enzymes that cause inflammation, but it also works effectively against arthritic damage, which is a widely known cause of inflammation. Studies have also shown that rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune inflammatory condition, could be fought effectively by using CBD oil. This non-toxic product of the cannabis plant binds with CB2 receptors in the body, having a direct effect on the immune system.

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Herbs

Several herbs are available as natural remedies to fight chronic inflammation. Of the different herbs that could help reduce chronic inflammation, ginger and turmeric lead the charge.

  • Ginger:

    Ginger is considered as effective in reducing inflammation as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. Its main job is to prohibit the chemicals that cause inflammation, such as COX-2.

  • Turmeric:

    Turmeric works on inflammation by overriding the effects of cytokines, which are pro-inflammatory proteins continually produced by the body in cases of chronic inflammation. 

Luckily, ginger and turmeric are readily available, inexpensive and can be easily added to food. Other natural herbs that help reduce inflammation include Boswellia, cat’s claw, devil’s claw, flaxseed, and thunder god vine.

Yoga

Some studies have indicated that proper practice of yoga could significantly reduce the production of interleukin-6, a compound that indicates levels of inflammation. Hence, a decrease in the levels of this compound directly correlates to reduced inflammation.    

Natural Remedies are Golden

Neglecting chronic inflammation could, in time, lead to serious conditions such as cardiovascular risks, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and gut issues. Prescription anti-inflammatory drugs can have side effects that are as severe as the inflammation itself.

Natural remedies can help fight inflammation effectively and even if you do not suffer from chronic inflammation, embracing a healthier lifestyle could help prevent such a condition in the future.

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Erika Long loves corgis, curry and comedy. Always searching for the next great snuggle, flavor or laugh, she inspires people to live their best life now. When not writing, Erika can be found at her local brewery dominating Harry Potter trivia night.

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