There are many anti-inflammatory medications on the market today. Several of them have side effects that you don’t really want but can’t do anything about. The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, rash, dizziness, headache, and drowsiness. The most serious side effects are kidney failure (primarily with chronic use), liver failure, ulcers and prolonged bleeding after an injury or surgery.
That being said there are natural options to help reduce inflammation.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the activation of the immune system in response to infection, irritation or injury.
Characterized by an influx of white blood cells, redness, heat, swelling, pain, and dysfunction of the organs involved, inflammation has different names when it appears in different parts of the body.
Most allergy and asthma sufferers are familiar with rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), and asthma (inflammation of the airways), but inflammation is also behind arthritis (inflammation of the joints), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), and so on.
Note that they mostly have the suffix ‘itis’, if you get a diagnosis with that ending in means inflammation.
You may think that only your joints are affected by inflammation, but inflammation actually affects all of your major organ systems and therefore affects everyone. Because inflammation management is linked to whole-body health, a supplement that promotes a healthy inflammation response may be fundamental to your entire well being.
Studies have shown that there are many lifestyle choices that contribute to inflammation on a daily basis.
Sleep deprivation – reduced sleep and insomnia does not allow the body time enough to repair and heal during the night.
Stress and anxiety – reducing your stress or anxiety also helps reduce the inflammatory response in your body.
Diet – eating a healthy diet with plenty of water, fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates reduces inflammation. Adding healthy fats such as omega 3s and olive oil to your diet will also help.
Detoxification – detoxing the lymphatic system of pollutants and chemicals.
Exercise – Exercise removes toxins from the lymph system and reduces inflammation.
Supplements/Vitamins – Choose a whole food vitamin and mineral supplement, not one that is synthetically made. Folic acid, B vitamins, and vitamins C, D and E have anti-inflammatory effects for the body.
Immune System – support your immune system with probiotic and enzyme supplements for a healthy intestinal tract.
Extensive research conducted within the last two decades has indicated that phytochemicals present in herbs and spices can safely and effectively promote a healthy inflammation response.
There are many natural products available on the market today. One that is particularly effective in called Defense. This product has been endorsed by David Lyons who was featured on Dr. Oz, Fox & CBS.
Defense contains a concentrated blend of 6 time-honored herbs; including ginger, bromelian, turmeric, boswellia, quercetin and rutin which have been part of the human diet for thousands of years.
Another great way to reduce inflammation is to use essential oils.
Essential oils contain many different medicinal properties that are documented to help the physical and emotional body. They easily penetrate the skin and can be carried throughout the blood and tissues within minutes.
Oils that are high in carvacrol, a phenol, can be very effective as a natural anti-inflammatory. Carvacrol can be found in Oregano, Thyme , and Mountain Savory Essential Oils. Also Copaiba (pronounced “Ko-pah-ee-bah”) essential oil is potentially the highest anti-inflammatory substance known to man either natural or synthetic.
A study published in the January 2010 in the Journal of Lipid Research found that 6 essential oils reduce inflammation very effectively. In this study, it was found that the oils suppressed the COX-2 enzyme, which is responsible for the inflammatory process in the body, by as much as 75 percent! Thyme essential oil ranked number one out of six different oils tested and there are over 50 different oils that show natural anti-inflammatory properties.
If you have inflammation in your body and are concerned about your health, there are several natural products to help reduce your inflammation as well as lifestyle changes that you can incorporate easily.