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Inflammation…What Is Inflammation?

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image3371180Inflammation can happen inside or outside of the body and is the body’s attempt to protect and heal itself by removing whatever is causing the problem. This can be harmful stimuli, damaged cells, irritants or pathogens. In the case of an infection, inflammation is the body’s response to the infection, not the infection itself. In the case of chronic inflammation more inflammation is created in response to the existing inflammation.

Where there is inflammation there is usually pain and pain is a key factor in virtually all chronic and degenerative diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer, kidney and bowel diseases and the like. Of course, what we want to do is get rid of the pain. To get rid of the pain we must get rid of the inflammation. So, one option is to have shelves full of medications to do this such as ibuprofen. As you well know we can just walk into any pharmacy and purchase what we want. If we choose to go to a doctor we can get even stronger prescriptions to eliminate our pain.

inflammationWhile helping to eliminate pain herbs, natural remedies and treatments can give your body the power to attack the problem at the source. What natural products can be used to combat inflammation? Arnica is natural and one can purchase it in the form of a cream, a spray, capsules or tea. There are other very potent natural anti-inflammatory agents. One is curcumin that is derived from the turmeric root. Turmeric, a spice native to Asia, has been studied for its anti-inflammatory powers and has been proven to be very effective in relieving pain. Another one is the ginger root, another common spice. This spice is full of scientifically proven pain relieving agents. One of those is a protein-digesting enzyme called zingibain which seems to relieve arthritis pain, again reducing inflammation. There are many plants with powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agents including cat’s claw, hops and rosemary.

Diet is also important. Some foods that do not cause inflammation or actually lower it are shiitake mushrooms, blueberries, papaya, broccoli and sweet potatoes. There are many others but this gives you a few. On the other hand foods that increase inflammation or cause it are dairy products, other than kefir, feedlot raised meat, processed meat, refined grains and food additives. An iridology analysis can help pinpoint areas of inflammation as well as the Soya de Guaymas two week “Reset diet” can help determine which food you body may be reacting to.

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