Posted on by Paula Gallagher
Inflammation is a protective process that the body uses to fight infection and foreign substances such as viruses or bacteria. It is responsible for the swelling, redness and pain associated with injuries. Other signs of acute inflammation include heat and loss of movement. When this inflammation carries on for an extended period of time, it becomes what is known as chronic inflammation.
Inflammation is linked to a wide range of diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease and more. Pain management is often an important part of addressing inflammation, which can become dangerous to your health if it is unresolved or becomes chronic. Taking a natural approach to inflammation can help.
What Are The Causes of Inflammation?
Although the cause of inflammation is not always known, here are some common culprits:
- Pathogens (germs) such as bacteria, viruses or fungi
- External injuries like scrapes or foreign objects
- Cystitis, or inflammation of the bladder
- Bronchitis, or inflammation of the bronchi
- Otitis media, a middle ear infection
- Dermatitis, a condition where skin is inflamed
- Arthritis, inflammation of the joints
- Food allergies/sensitivities
- Autoimmune diseases
What Are Some Natural Support Methods for Reducing Inflammation?
Reducing inflammation involves removing triggers, such as eliminating possible infections, making diet modifications, and supplementing with beneficial nutrients to promote healing and the resolution of inflammation.
Eating nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich, and anti-inflammatory foods can help to promote a healthy immune response and reduce inflammation. These foods are health promoting and protective to the body. Examples include dark leafy greens, colorful fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins, healthy fats, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. It is important to eliminate pro-inflammatory foods, such as sugar, refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated or unhealthy fats, and processed foods, because they contribute to pain, swelling, and cellular damage. An increase in inflammation has been associated with most chronic diseases including arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and various cancers. Here is more information on inflammatory foods to avoid, as well as anti-inflammatory foods to seek out and incorporate into your diet.
There are many supplements that can help support the anti-inflammatory processes.
Pathway InflamMove contains a comprehensive blend of herbs, enzymes and antioxidant nutrients that support healthy joint mobility. Key ingredients include turmeric, ginger, white willow, boswellia, devil’s claw, papain, bromelain, resveratrol and grape seed extract. This formula is recommended for anyone experiencing either acute or chronic pain and inflammation.
Another effective supplement is turmeric. Turmeric has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as cardiovascular, brain, liver and digestive protective capabilities. Studies support its use in a variety of inflammatory conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, pancreatitis, ulcerative colitis and post-surgery recovery. Pathway Turmeric Extract contains Curcumin C3 Complex, a patented blend of curcuminoids that has been clinically studied.
If you would like more information about inflammation and what supplements may help, talk to one of Village Green’s nutrition experts for a personal assessment of your particular situation. Village Green Apothecary offers a variety of natural solutions for to help address your inflammation and improve your quality of life.
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