Just about everyone suffers from some form of inflammation. Chronic inflammation is an underlying problem for many diseases. Heart disease , Chrohns disease, skin disorders, arthritis and many other health problems can be associated with chronic inflammation. Many people don’t understand that their diet plays a huge role in managing inflammation. There are a lot of foods that can cause inflammation in your body. The site of inflammation in each person may vary but the pain people feel is real pain. There are some simple things you can do to your diet that will help manage your inflammation. First eliminate or minimize the following:
· Partially hydrogenated soybean oil – this causes inflammation. Almost all processed foods have this in it. Even products that claim they are low fat or nonfat may still contain this product. READ your labels and avoid processed food.
- Sugar – this is so bad for you in so many ways. Keep your sugar intake to natural sources. Fruits are good in moderation. Use stevia or splenda in moderation. Use honey or agave in moderation to sweeten foods.
- Foods containing arachidonic acid, such as eggs, organ meats (including liver, heart and giblets), beef and dairy products promote inflammation.
- Alcohol – any type of alcoholic drink is harmful for the body. You need to eliminate them from your diet so you will be able to live longer.
Foods to eat to help prevent inflammation:
- Berries such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries
- Dark green vegetables such as spinach and kale
- Fresh basil
Some of my favorite supplements to help with inflammation are listed below:
- Zyflamend from New Chapter
- Fish Oils
- Vitamin D
I sometimes use essential oils to help with inflammation. I use the following oils:
- Lemongrass – ligaments and tendons
- Basil – ligaments and tendons
- Peppermint – muscles
- Wintergreen – muscles
I put a few drops of each in my hand and put it on the affected area.
Inflammation can be managed through better food choices and incorporating the right supplements into your diet.