Inflammation • Natural home treatment

Inflammation is the body's response to foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.  When inflammation occurs, your body releases white blood cells into your blood or tissues to protect your body.  

Inflammation - Image of a red fire extinguisher

This in turn releases chemicals that increase the blood flow to the area of infection, and may result in warmth and flushing of the skin. It is a protective process but may stimulate nerves and cause pain.

Your body responds to stress, a poor diet, and other lifestyle behaviors with inflammation. While it’s good to fight off an intruder like a virus, it is not good to keep an inflammatory response raging in your body because of bad habits. You become more susceptible to disease and rapid aging. There are many health conditions that are thought to be the result of chronic inflammation or exacerbated by it; these are just a few:

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

SYMPTOMS

If you have chronic inflammation in your body, you may not know it until one of the above conditions manifests. You might have general symptoms of fatigue or pains, rash and fever, but unless you are experiencing them consistently over time, you might mistake them for simpler problems. Many of us live with chronic inflammation for months to years and the results are tissue death and compromised health in every part of your body.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Medical treatment is with a number of different medications that may relieve symptoms but will not cure the underlying condition and may have serious side effects.

SELF TREATMENT

The substances and suggestions here are offered to you for further research.

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.

This isn’t complicated. Anti-inflammatory foods are generally going to be the ones that are whole, fresh and living foods. The anti-inflammatory foods and substances are going to be all those things that we often love but always knew were bad for us. Fake things, chemically prepared and packaged up, requiring little preparation and light years away from being picked off a vine or dug from the ground.

FOODS THAT ARE CONSIDERED ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Black beans
  • Black cod
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Blueberries
  • Bok Choy
  • Bone broth
  • Broccoli
  • Canned light white tuna
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Chia seeds
  • Chickpeas
  • Coconut oil
  • Collards
  • Collards
  • Dark chocolate
  • Edamame
  • Eggs
  • Enokitake mushrooms, cooked
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fermented foods
  • Flaxseed
  • Garlic
  • Hemp seeds
  • Herring
  • Kale
  • Kamut
  • Leafy greens
  • Lentils
  • Mackerel
  • Maitake mushrooms, cooked
  • Miso
  • Nuts
  • Nuts
  • Oats, raw
  • Oranges
  • Oyster mushrooms, cooked
  • Oysters
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Raw honey
  • Red peppers
  • Sardines
  • Shitake mushrooms, cooked
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Swiss chard
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Whole and cracked grains (if you must eat grains)
  • Wild salmon
  • Yogurt

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES HAT INFLAME

  • Animal meats that are commercially fed with grain
  • Artificial additives (artificial anything)
  • Dairy (use moderately)
  • Excess saturated fats
  • Fast food (known as junk food for a good reason)
  • Fried foods
  • Gluten, if you are sensitive
  • Lard
  • Margarine
  • Red meat
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Shortening
  • Smoking
  • Sodas
  • Sugar
  • Sweetened beverages
  • Trans fats
  • Vegetable oil

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Apple Cider Vinegar in water as a tonic
  • Cinnamon
  • Dandelion
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Green
  • Juniper berry
  • Licorice root
  • Matcha
  • Nettle
  • Peppermint
  • Turmeric
  • White Willow

HERBS AND SPICES

Use for tea or in cooking; sometimes as supplements.

  • Alfalfa
  • Allspice, Jamaican
  • Basil
  • Bilberry
  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Dandelion leaves
  • Fennel seeds
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Marjoram
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Pumpkin pie spices
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric
  • White Willow

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically on your skin in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Bergamot
  • Blue tansy
  • Camphor
  • Clary sage
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense
  • German chamomile
  • Ginger
  • Helichrysum
  • Juniper berry
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Orange
  • Osmanthus
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Spruce
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • Wintergreen (i.e.use in a lotion for joint pain)
  • Yarrow

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Aloe
  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid
  • Apple Cider Vinegar added to bath water
  • Apple Cider Vinegar and olive oil as a topical rub for pain
  • Astaxanthin
  • Blackstrap Molasses (can mix with warm water for a drink)
  • Capsaicin cream as a topical rub for inflamed joints
  • Curcumin/Turmeric
  • Epsom Salt soak
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil, internally and topically
  • Frankincense taken as a supplement in capsule form
  • Ginger
  • Goji berries
  • Green tea
  • Liquid pectin–a spoonful in a glass of grape juice
  • Magnesium or a magnesium oil rub for soreness
  • Noni
  • Olive oil for a topical application to rub on sore joints
  • Omega 3’s
  • Soothanol X2
  • Resveratrol
  • Spirulina

HYDRATION

When you are dehydrated, your body responds with inflammation to repair damage. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Exercise helps reduce inflammation. That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Chronic stress increases production of inflammatory white blood cells and in turn increases of inflammation-related diseases. Stay calm. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to stay mellow.

SLEEP

Lack of quality sleep can lead to inflammation. Too much sleep can also be the foundation for the rise of inflammatory markers in the blood

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CAUTIONS

There are some who believe that inflammation is the root of all disease.

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