Inflammation and illness go hand in hand. In fact, you really can’t have one without the other. The plus side to this is that if you can find ways to reduce the overall inflammation levels in your boy, you often times simultaneously improve your physical health and relieve painful symptoms. Here are 5 easy (and inexpensive) ways to reduce inflammation and promote overall health.
Supplement with Turmeric – This herb contains over 24 anti-inflammatory compounds, and has been shown to be effective for reducing swelling, pain, and inflammation. In many cases, it has helped people with arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even some types of cancer. You can reap the benefits of this herb by drinking turmeric tea, supplementing with capsules, or adding turmeric powder to food. One way to drastically increase its effectiveness is to take it along with black pepper. This makes it much more bioavailable. One study found that black pepper increased turmeric’s bioavailability by 2000%! In addition to being anti-inflammatory, turmeric is also an antiseptic, anti fungal, antioxidant, and antibacterial. So basically if anything is wrong with you and if your doctor approves, supplementing with turmeric could be just what you need!
Stress Less – We all know that too much stress takes a toll on our physical health. One way it does this is by increasing inflammation, creating a ripe environment in our bodies for harboring disease. I know it can be difficult, but see if you can find 3 things you can do this week to lower your stress levels. Whether that means taking some time to sit and relax each day, going for a walk, or getting an extra hour of sleep each night, find whatever it is you need to do to stress less, and enjoy the difference it makes.
Exercise – Many studies have proven that making your muscles work, even if it’s just for 20 minutes, 3 times per week, reduces the overall inflammation levels in your body. Exercise is especially beneficial in lowering the kinds of inflammation that lead to cardiovascular disease and arthritis. Find an activity you enjoy, such as walking, pilates, yoga, going to the gym – whatever your “thing” is, and do it regularly. Your body will thank you later, I promise 😉
Take an Epsom Salt Bath – Epsom salts, combined with warm bath water, will fight inflammation on several levels. First, baths are relaxing, so you will be lowering your stress levels, which simultaneously reduces inflammation. Second, the warm water will open up your pores, allowing built up toxins to be released, which will contribute to a healthy, inflammation free environment in your body. And finally, epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate, which is well known for lowering swelling and inflammation. If you have painful joints, or an injury, or anything else that would benefit from the soothing properties of epsom salts, take advantage of this inexpensive remedy.
Drink Green Tea – Green tea has many health benefits, one of which is lowering inflammation. It contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a potent catechin that works to stop production of certain inflammatory chemicals in the body. In addition to this, because of its many antioxidants and healthy nutrients, green tea will contribute to better overall health, which will in turn improve inflammation levels.