Inflammation is the number one cause of both acute and chronic pain. Understanding what inflammation really is is the key to reducing it, and therefore maximizing your health.
There are two types of inflammation: Primary and Secondary. understand these types of inflammation is the first step in treating inflammation. Primary inflammation our body’s natural process of removing toxins and rebuilding cells. Primary inflammation occurs every day, and is not associated with pain, it’s just your body working to repair itself. When primary inflammation isn’t doing it’s job, that is when secondary inflammation kicks in. This is the pain and swelling commonly associated with inflammation. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and needs to be attended to. Secondary inflammation is also an indicator that your body’s primary inflammation is not able to keep up. So to avoid secondary inflammation, you need to increase your body’s primary inflammation abilities, so that your body is efficiently rebuilding and detoxing.
Here are some simple things you can do to increase your bodies ability to detox and rebuild to avoid the pain associated with secondary inflammation:
Sleep is critical for good health across the board. When we sleep our bodies rebuild and repaid themselves, so without enough time to do that, secondary inflammation begin to run rampant.
2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids assist in primary inflammation functions, and make our bodies much more efficient. Omega-3 supplements are readily available and easy to find. Adding them to your daily diet regimen is as easy as taking a pill.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is a well-known anti-inflammatory that increases immune function. The immune system is key in primary inflammation, so supporting it supports your overall health.
4. Green Leafy Vegetables
The phytochemicals, nutrients, and enzymes in green leafy vegetables all support primary inflammation. They also help to reduce the effects of secondary inflammation.
5. Gut health
80% of your immune system, which fuels primary inflammation, exists in your gut. Gut health is another critical aspect of good overall health. Supplementing your diet with probiotics is important to maintaining good gut health.
Water is what fuels all of the processes in our bodies, including primary inflammation. Our cells need water to function on the most basic levels. Adding a mineral supplement to water is also a great way to support your health, and avoid bad inflammation
Turmeric is a superfood when it comes to inflammation. Studies have been done all over the world to show turmeric’s ability to fight off secondary inflammation.
Ginger is another super food that is packed with anti-inflammatory compounds that support your body’s natural processes. You can even conbine ginger, turmeric, and honey for an effective tea to treat inflammation.
Magnesium is actually the second most abundant element in human cells. Roughly 80% of the population are magnesium deficient and don’t even know it. Healthy cells are the foundation of good health, so magnesium is critical.
10. Epsom Salt
Epsom is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound composed of magnesium and sulfate, so it is an easy and effective way to get magnesium into your body. Relaxing in a hot bath with epsom salts is an amazing boost to your health.
11. Essential Oils
Essential oils like peppermint are a great topical treatment for sereneness and pain, as is eucalyptus. There are also essential oils like lavender that can be used to induce a state of calm. There are many different essential oils that you can use, and in many different ways. Here is a guide to essential oils that you can use to promote good health, and positive inflammation.
12. Cherries and cherry Juice
Cherries, and tart cherry juice are amazing at reducing acid levels in the body that often create secondary inflammation.
Saunas promote sweating, which is a great form of detoxification for the body. The skin is the largest organ of the body, so utilizing the act of sweating to draw toxins out assists in primary inflammation.
The active ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin, and aside from giving the pepper its spiciness, it is an inflammation killer. Warning though, the spiciness can lead to indigestion, so learn what your body is willing to tolerate.
One great thing about rosemary is that it is super easy to grow at home, even for the new gardener. Although rosemary might not have the super anti-inflammatory powers of turmeric or ginger, it still contains high levels of vitamin b6, and is a great anti-inflammatory in its own rights.
Sage, which is very readily absorbed by the GI tract is full of rosmarinic acid. This compound is an amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Rosemary has a whole long list of health benefits, and is easy to add to your diet as a spic.
17. Devil’s Claw
This South American Fruit is great for fighting inflammation and has been used in tradition medicine as a natural pain fighter. It gets it’s name from the hook-like structures on the outside of the fruit.
Freezing yourself sounds like a strange way to deal with pain, but top-level athletes do it all the time. The process of lowering your skin’s surface temperature causes your skin to draw toxins out of your body and promotes good inflammation.
In reality, there isn’t much that cannabis can’t do for your health, which is why it absurd that it is illegal. One compound in cannabis, is a cannabinoid called, cannabichromene, which has been shown to have very powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
20. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
HBOT is basically breathing 100% pure oxygen at a higher than normal atmospheric pressure. This process basically forces more oxygen into your cells, causing them to work at super-high efficiencies. This is a process that can jump-start good inflammation
The ancient art of acupuncture is a process in which energy center of the body are tapped and balanced. The end result is increased circulation and increased oxygenation of tissues. Circulation can help relieve pain by flushing the toxins causing the inflammation from your body.
22. Tai Chi
The slow movements and muscle control associated with Tai Chi are the keys for its anti-inflammatory results. Not to mention the stress relieving effects, which promote primary inflammation.
23. Green Tea
Green teas are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Another great aspect of green teas is that they promote detoxification, and relieve stress naturally.
Diet is really the key here to promote good inflammation. Avoiding processed foods, too much red meat, foods high in purines, and additives is key to good overall health. The fewer toxins you put in your body, the fewer it has to get rid of.