Our subject today is Inflammation – something we all experience at one point or another. We will talk about causes and how to help yourself – including using delicious herbs and spices like the ones above Yummy!
Our bodies are protected by our immune systems. If our immune system becomes compromised we will experience inflammation
Some factors that can affect the immune system include
Mental Stress- We often make poor decisions when we feel pressured so be very careful with alcohol, smoking and food choices
Environmental – damp, unhygienic spaces, viruses, bacteria
Diet – eating a poor diet and inflammatory foods. Chronic conditions can arise from poor dietary choices. Gluten, dairy, sugar, the wrong fats can all create a myriad of issues for the body.
Dehydration – lack of water can put the body into stress
Genes – we can be born with certain weaknesses
Any of these factors could contribute to inflammation.
Acute inflammation is something we have all experienced. It is the quick, short term response.
We get pain, swelling, redness, maybe pus and heat. Generally, our bodies can fight off acute short term problems within a few days.
But …If that cold doesn’t go away within a few days this is your body telling you your immune system could be in better shape.
NB Take note and make some changes because if you don’t you could move into long term or chronic inflammation.
What is the difference?
You may feel
Tired both physically or mentally
You may experience mood swings
Digestive problems might occur
Aches and pains could appear
How can you make a difference?
Make sure you eat a good diet
Plenty of vegetables and some fruit
NB Did you know that we do fresh fruit and veg? It's all fresh and seasonal. Come in and see what we have!
Nuts and Seeds
Good quality protein
Omega 3 fatty acids – eat plenty of fish. If you don’t like fish or think you need more take a good supplement too
Ensure you have plenty of fibre in your diet
Avoid refined, processed and sugary foods
There are key herbs and spices that can really help:
- Ginger is great for nausea and digestive issues. It soothes muscles and has anti-inflammatory properties
- Turmeric is recognised as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
- Cinnamon supports helps balance blood sugar levels and is both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
- Sage supports the brain and memory
- Garlic is excellent for fighting off colds
- So not only do these fabulous ingredients make you food taste good they do you good too!
- If you don’t like some of the tastes most of these products can be found in our supplement ranges
Remember if you think your problems could be diet related then first identify the likely culprit by writing a food diary. Once you have your suspect(s) then try eliminating them for a month.
If you are concerned about inflammation we hope this has inspired you to look at some different options and make some changes.
Let us know your comments; we love to get your feedback!
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