Inflammation Pt. 2

As discussed in the last article that I wrote, entitled “Stop, Drop, and Roll”, inflammation has many causes and effects on the body. I mentioned some strategies to help in dealing with the inflammation but wanted to expand on the food and supplement component in this article.

Inflammation can compromise the gut and affect the way that we digest our food. This can lead to problems in being able to handle eating certain foods. Some call this a food sensitivity and the sensitivity can range from beans to nuts to gluten and dairy foods. Ultimately, you can find perfectly healthy foods create digestive distress. And with digestive distress, more inflammation is created. It becomes a vicious circle.

So one strategy is to determine which foods that you may be reacting to and remove them from the diet while you lower inflammation levels in the body and allow the gut some time to heal. There are blood tests, muscle testing and motility tests that can help shed some light on what these foods may be if it is difficult doing the detective work alone. I use the motility testing in my practice to determine what you may be reacting to. 

There are foods and herbs that are anti inflammatory in the body. As for spices, chili pepper, cloves, cumin, ginger, rosemary and turmeric can be used either when cooking or purchased as a supplement to help fight inflammation. Omega 3 fats found in fatty fish like salmon or purchased as a supplement are also very helpful. Leafy green, blueberries, matcha tea, fermented vegetables, can also help reduce inflammation in the body. Of course, keeping well hydrated is essential.

There are also some foods you want to avoid such as: trans fats; peanut, corn and soy oil; sugar; processed foods in general.

These are suggestions to get you started in reducing your inflammation levels which will help with all aspects of your health, including pain levels. Should you want to discuss this in more detail, set up a time with me and we can discuss your needs and help you on your way to more vibrant health.

All the best,

Linda Pearce RMT BA BSc

 

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