Inflammation involves injury by infection, chemicals, or physical action resulting in pain, swelling, redness and loss of function in the affected area. If the body’s healing process is unsuccessful in coping with the issue, chronic inflammation ensues, leading to chronic health conditions and further reduction in well-being.
Internal inflammation, of say, the arteries, gut or lungs may not be apparent but could still be quite debilitating. There are blood markers for inflammation, as the body works hard to quell the cause of the problem but often results in medications such as NSAID’s (non steroidal anti-inflammatories – ibuprofen for instance) being prescribed. These can have side effects and are not always tolerated if other medication or health conditions are involved.
You may wish to follow a more natural route and there are some food based options to try. These do not replace professional medical advice. If you have any health issues you should always seek medical assistance.
Ginger | An ancient remedy, used for the alleviation of pains & nausea. Research has shown that ginger can be as effective as N.S.A.I.D’s with little of the side effects. You could use fresh ginger (approx. 15-20g daily), in salads, stir-fry cooking, relishes or recipes or dried, ground ginger (maybe 1 tsp daily or in capsules), which can be incorporated into milky drinks, porridge, spice mixes etc.
Turmeric | The bright yellow spice is well known in Britain, as an ingredient in curry powders & kedgeree but the fresh roots are now more widely available and can be utilised in many cooked dishes (it isn’t hot in itself) such as soups, stir fries or pickles or the dried powder can be used to make custards, warm drinks, coloured cream/yoghurts etc.
Chilli Pepper | These can vary immensely in heat but the hotter they are, the more active pain relieving ingredient they contain (capsaicin). These can be used fresh in many recipes or the dried powdered spice may be used too. There is a lot of evidence to show that topical application of capsaicin (in an ointment) may relive joint or muscle pains of inflammatory nature.
Fish Oils | The oil in fish has a special combination of Omega 3 fatty acids, which help reduce the inflammatory process and can help with pain reduction. The content in oily fish is much higher so sardines & mackeral are better sources than cod or haddock, for instance. These oils can be taken as a nutritional supplement too. If you are vegetarian, there are options suitable for you too or you could try flaxseed oil or walnuts, which are generally good plant based sources.
Intake of red meats, animal products, sugar & processed foods | If these are reduced, has shown to reduce systemic & localised inflammation. It may be worthwhile reviewing your current diet to see if improvements could be made. Help is out there in Nutritional Therapy.
Please contact me for more information