Inflammation is a major player in ALL diseases.
But many (OK, MOST) anti inflammatory drugs have side effects that increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. But wait, aren’t these the top KILLERS??? Inflammation is considered a major factor in heart disease. So does it make sense to take a drug to reduce inflammation that increases the risk of heart disease?
Some diseases caused directly by inflammation are:
- Heart disease
And basically anything else that ends with ITIS (Itis actually MEANS inflammation)
What you can do naturally to help with inflammation:
There ARE natural means to helping your body heal itself…
Here are the top 5
Staying hydrated is essential to flushing inflammation-causing toxins out of your body. Aim for 64 ounces of water per day. Remember: Add an additional 8 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of exercise as well. All water is NOT created equally, however. Filtered water is a MUST (unless, of course you would like to BE the filter) but taking your water to another level will produce much better results. ERW water, Electronically Reduced Water, or, in Japan known as “Kangen Water” or ionized water, works more efficiently, hydrating your body 6 times more efficiently and helping your body to eliminate the waste that causes inflammation. Ionized water is your greatest tool against diseases stemming from inflammation because water, put quite simply, is the transporter. Drinking ionized water that works more efficiently in your body is like choosing a power washer over a hand broom. You get a deep clean rather than surface once-over. An additional benefit is better metabolism, clearer thinking, and more energy (all of which happen in your body because of and due to water)
Fruits and vegetables
All fruits and vegetables, due to their rich nutrient and fiber content, help to combat chronic inflammation, so make sure to include adequate amounts of these foods daily. Some types of fresh produce, however, are even more potent than others.
Some terrific anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables to include in your meal plan include apples, berries, broccoli, celery, mushrooms, kale, papaya, pineapple, and spinach. Choose organic, locally grown whenever possible. The best fruits and veggies are the ones you LIKE. Oh, and one more thing; RAW is best! Cooking your veggies destroys many of their nutritional and medicinal constituents.
Certain spices, including turmeric, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, and chili peppers, (the hotter the better) have potent inflammation-reducing capabilities, so try adding them to meals as often as possible. Whenever possible, choose organic, and know your source. Many spices are grown over seas where pesticides and herbicides that have been banned in America due to their toxics effects are still used.
Whole grains help control the insulin response in your body. The high B vitamin content of whole grains also helps reduce the inflammatory hormone homocystine in the body. Fiber is an essential component to a healthy body. The benefits of whole grains most documented by repeated studies include:
- stroke risk reduced 30-36%
- type 2 diabetes risk reduced 21-30%
- heart disease risk reduced 25-28%
- better weight maintenance
This mild beverage is great for helping shrink your waistline as well as for decreasing inflammation. The flavonoids in this tea have natural anti-inflammatory properties. And the compound EGCG in green tea has been shown to help reduce body fat. Making your green tea with the right kind of WATER, is of course important. This brings us back to our first 1 of the 5…Water. The BEST water? Ionized water, because it is ANTI-INFLAMMATORY.