Inflammation is implicated in many illnesses. Where the inflammation occurs is what gives an illness a particular label, from Alzheimer’s, arthritis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease to heart and arterial disease.
Causes of Inflammation
A wound can become inflamed without adequate hygiene, so it’s best to keep them clean, with a goldenseal paste and a bandage. Any part of the body can become inflamed. Inflammation is now understood as an autoimmune reaction doing its work, bringing circulation and protection to an injury in the form of swelling and heat. The white blood cells travel to the site to fight the infection.
For some, inflammation becomes a chronic state and many experts believe this is caused by digestive problems. Bloating may indicate that your intestines are inflamed as the immune system fights parasites, viruses, and bacteria, as well as foods you are allergic to. Sugar, simple carbs, trans fatty acids, polyunsaturated oils, wheat, and dairy cause inflammation in the intestines, which cause reflex pain throughout the body. Insulin levels cause inflammation when they rise too high. Inflammation is regulated by hormones, which are made from omega 3 fatty acids found in such foods as wild salmon, tuna, walnuts, and almonds. Eating the wrong balance of oils, carbohydrates, and proteins overwhelms the body’s response, and it has a hard time healing other inflammation. Prescription drugs may also cause inflammation.
Treatments for Inflammation
The best thing you can take to reduce inflammation is large, consistent doses of enzymes. Enzymes sustain life. Enzymes are proteins. They are biocatalysts, which means they either begin a chemical reaction or cause a chemical reaction in the body to speed up. Enzymes cause the chemical reactions responsible for breathing, digestion, growth, nerve health, reproduction, and all other body functions. They are critical in warding off all forms of disease and support injury repair and food metabolism. As you age, your enzyme levels decrease. Stress, injuries, and poor diet cause even more enzymes depletion.
Physicians in Europe and Asia have long prescribed enzyme supplementation to restore a multitude of bodily functions and promote natural healing in their patients. Most arthritis is caused by the loss of a certain enzyme in the body. Taking enzymes on an empty stomach breaks down the products of inflammation, reducing pain. As such, they are a perfect substitute for aspirin and ibuprofen, which are known to have ill effects on the liver, kidneys, and stomach. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) can help remove the waste in the circulatory system caused by the Standard American Diet (SAD) high in the wrong kind of fats, carbs, and proteins. Curcumin, the yellow pigment in the turmeric herb, promotes healthy circulation and lowers inflammation. More ideas include:
- Avoid sugar and simple starches, as they can make inflammation worse.
- Boost your antioxidant levels to keep your joints healthy. Vitamins A, C, and E prevent inflammation and protect your joints from free radical damage.
- Hydrate. When you do not drink enough water, inflammation worsens. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they are harsh diuretics.
- Food sensitivities are common, and some have a delayed reaction that confuses the issue. Food sensitivities increase inflammation. The most common culprits are milk and dairy, wheat, corn, eggs, beef, yeast, and soy.
- Devil’s Claw, white willow bark (natural aspirin, containing the same active ingredient), ginger, and tumeric are all good inflammation reducing herbs.
- Quercetin, an anti inflammatory, can be taken in supplement form, and it is also found in garlic, red grapes, and onions.
- Many berries are rich in polyphenols, which help fight inflammation.
You don’t need dangerous anti inflammatory pharmaceuticals. Use the alga Chlorella and foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids. If you don’t like the taste of fish, you can also fulfill your omega 3 needs with fish oil supplements. However, even if you are a vegetarian, you can find plenty of omega 3 essential fatty acid sources for your diet, such as walnuts, flaxseed oil, and pumpkin seeds
Homeopathic physicians swear by Arnica for minor inflammatory wounds. This can be used internally or topically.