Fixing the Problem vs. Fixing the Symptoms
Acute and chronic health problems caused by inflammation can induce pain and stress on an individual. When you think you’ve tried just about everything, you final pitstop for help is often the doctors. While there is nothing wrong going to the doctor and getting treated for an issue you believe is problematic (in fact, it is also recommended), you should still keep in mind that the drugs that are prescribed to you often address the symptoms rather than the cause. This means the inflammation and toxins still exist and overwhelm your body, and has the potential of getting worse over time. When we are born, most of us are healthy without complications; they develop as we grow older for a lot of reasons. One of these reasons is what we are putting inside our body without thinking of the consequences. Of course, it is not bad to splurge every once in a while, a diet made of empty calories can impede the body’s self-healing capabilities. Replacing this type of diet with foods, herbs, and spices can help address the imbalance going on internally and remove toxins.
Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods
- Olive/Fish Oil: Healthy fats rich in omega-3, such as olive oil, offers amazing anti-inflammatory benefits comparable to ibuprofen. You can drink it straight from a spoon, add it to your foods, or mixing it with lemon and water. Oil from fish like trout, salmon and halibut have the same benefits and can improve blood circulation If you aren’t a fish person, you can opt for flaxseeds, chia seeds, or hemp seeds instead.
- Rosehips: Rosehips has been found to work wonders for arthritis pain, where many were able to reduce or stop taking their medication in under a month. It can ease joint stiffness and severity of pain for those who still have arthritis.
- Vitamin D: Reduced levels of this vitamin has been associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Many people tend to be low in vitamin D because they avoid the sun and because it is found in few foods (fish and cow liver). Getting enough sun outside for at least 20-30 minutes a day can help return levels to normal.
- Magnesium: We need magnesium in order to support nerve and muscle function while treating migraines, cramps, and fibromyalgia. A lack in this mineral can result in migraine headaches and cramps. Although there are supplements available, their use is not recommended as it is difficult for the body to absorb. It is better use magnesium lotion, oil, or take an Epsom bath 2-3 times a week. You can also eat more seeds, nuts, and beans.
- Ginger: This spice is highly anti-inflammatory and is perfect for easing muscle aches, headaches, arthritis as well as abdominal and joint pain. Ginger can be consumed as a tea or added in a variety of recipes to give food a nice kick.
- Tumeric: Like ginger, turmeric works wonders for swelling issues and pain, especially those suffering from chronic pain. It works together with the body to get rid of harmful toxins too. Curcumin, the active ingredient, has been linked in reducing pain from arthritis and fibromyalgia.
- Red Grapes: Red grapes, in particular, have bountiful amounts of resveratrol that work as powerful antioxidants that inhibit receptors for pain perception (COX-1 and COX-2) while stopping inflammation at the same time. This fruit can even inhibit the production of nitric oxide – also responsible for inflammation.
- Berries: Berries have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant capabilities and are wonderful for detoxing our system and getting rid of waste products while easing inflammation and pain. It helps to eat at least one cup of berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries) daily.
Fighting off Inflammation Daily
When our body can no longer heal as it normally should after an injury or abnormality, inflammation can become chronic and have unwanted repercussions. There are a range of diseases that stem from inflammation such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus), infection, ulcerative colitis, and even some cancers. While it is better to prevent than it is to correct an issue once it surfaces, those suffering from inflammatory condition still have options too. Baltic Essentials Amber helps those with inflammatory disorders naturally on a daily basis. Amber works amazing on its own, but it may also be coupled with anti-inflammatory foods. Amber is made from fossilized resin noted not only for its beauty, but for its capabilities in easing pain and swelling. When the necklace is worn, the benefits are transferred from the beads and directly to the bloodstream after being warmed on the skin. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory powers of amber will last you for months and results can be felt in as little as a day.