Inflammation and it’s symptoms can be some of the most debilitating conditions for those who experience it on a regular basis. Some may think they are forever at the mercy of anti-inflammatory types of prescription drugs to help them cope with the daily pain caused by inflammation. However, implementing some diet and lifestyle changes over time can be very beneficial in easing some of the pain caused by inflammation. My own husband is challenged by this issue daily and has found relief from some simple changes made to his lifestyle. Here are some of them.
Be Aware of Food Sensitivity
Many times significant relief can be sought with elimination of certain foods. Refined carbohydrate as well as sugar in all of it’s various forms can exacerbate any inflammation disease in process. Certain grains seem to be hard on some people, so just a heads up to watch for that. Believe it or not, getting rid of these culprits in the diet can be all it takes to bring on a more tolerable level of pain and discomfort from an inflammatory process.
It’s also wise to keep a journal and take notes about how you feel after eating certain foods, taking note of any changes or flare ups within the next couple of days. My husband has done this and has been able to narrow down some of the foods that cause him the most trouble.
Many herbs like feverfew and ginger, have components in them to reduce certain prostaglandins, these are hormone like substances that can increase pain if the body makes too much of them.This is much the same as what prescription drugs will do regarding this problem
.There are also herbs that act in much the same way as aspirin does to reduce pain. Some of these herbs include willow bark, and meadowsweet. These herbs have a substance in them called salicin which the stomach will convert into salicylic acid, the magic component in aspirin that reduces inflammation.
An enzyme called bromelain, found in pineapple is also known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Mothernature.com states that bromelain is actually currently used in many U.S. hospitals for pain relief.
There are also a group of 3 Chinese herbs called bupleurum, ginseng, and licorice that are commonly used for easing inflammation. These work by stimulating the adrenal gland to secrete it’s own natural cortisone. Our bodies own pain killer.
Here’s an essential piece to the inflammatory puzzle. People with inflammatory diseases walk a fine line with exercise due to the added pain it can cause, but it’s important for someone with inflammation disease to find a mode of low impact exercise that will work for them. Some inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis are caused by auto immune dysfunction and there’s nothing like exercise to stimulate the immune system in a positive way.
Enough sleep is imperative to keep pain from inflammation at a minimum. My husband suffers terribly when he doesn’t get enough shut eye, and if that goes on for a couple of nights, he can barely move, so make sure to make this a priority.
Inflammation of all kinds is hard to live with due to the pain it causes, and sometimes some of the side effects from the pharmaceutical drugs can compound that problem. Hopefully, these suggestions will help you gain some ground on reducing your pain naturally.
Eat well, live well, enjoy!