Could it be possible to reduce pain and inflammation by paying more attention to the nutrients you provide to your body? Not only can you decrease your pain, but you can also counter the inflammatory process which can address the source of your pain without simply masking it.

Inflammation, especially if it’s ongoing or chronic,  has been found to be a key marker in conditions like Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Stroke, Heart Attacks, Rheumatoid Arthritis and, and many types of gastrointestinal disorders such as Irritable Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn’s Disease.

inflammation Let’s talk a minute about the inflammatory process. The process is meant to help protect you and heal.   When you are injured your immune system fires up a whole host of processes that can be helpful if tissues are injured. If you cut yourself, for example, your blood vessels  that are nearest the injury will expand and more blood and white cells are sent automatically to the area.  You will sometimes here about the process of the body’s reaction to an injury or an allergy referred to as the “inflammatory response”.  During this time the body’s response may include:  pain, redness, heat, redness, swelling, and itching. You may have a combination of these things that occur.  Swelling can occur because the widened or dilated blood vessels allow fluid to leak into the vessel space.

Inflammation is a necessary part of healing and is an involuntary response. During an injury it’s necessary and helpful to have these series of events occur so that your body can recover. But, if the body is in a chronic state of inflammation, this means that something has gone astray, and in that case, we can be at risk for major diseases if our bodies are constantly involved in an ongoing inflammatory response.

What if there were some easy and quick ways that you could begin to reduce chronic inflammation in your system. And no, you don’t have to buy expensive products or pay for expensive treatment. What if, one of the ways to reduce inflammation was as close as your own kitchen.

Inflammation Reducing Substances:

Turmeric: It is a spice that is used in many curry dishes and in some American mustard products. You may also find it in capsule form. Some physicians are recommending that patients with inflammatory disorders take turmeric, including those with arthritis or other auto-immune conditions.   If purchasing capsules look for those labeled “whole turmeric” instead of isolated curcumin.  It can take a few months to begin seeing benefits.  Make sure not to take this if you are pregnant, without obtaining permission from your doctor, and it would also be beneficial to consult your doctor about any dietary changes that you make including the addition of any supplements to your diet.

Ginger: This is an ancient remedy that has been used for centuries as a natural anti-inflammatory.  You can buy it raw and then have it as a ginger tea, or use it very liberally in your food. You’ll find this naturally in many types of Asian Cuisine.

Pineapple: contains the enzyme bromelain which is a natural anti-inflammatory and can also help relieve indigestion

In upcoming segments we’ll discuss some other important ways you can easily reduce inflammation.  Lowering your inflammation can definitely help reduce your pain and keep you healthier and more comfortable throughout your life.