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What you need to know about inflammation

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word, “inflammation”? For many, words like pain, damage and destruction come to mind and rightfully so.

Inflammation is a process designed to happen for our protection. It is a knee jerk reaction to an injury or an infection. Think of what might happen if this response didn’t exist. There wouldn’t be proper repair to damaged tissue and threatening germs would have their way with us. However, inflammation can only serve us well when it is kept under control, in an individual who is normally healthy.

Traditionally, relief for inflammation involves the R.I.C.E method. This method involves resting, “cooling” down, compressing and elevation of an injury. Today, several health professionals are recommending a method that is in contrast to said method, called M.E.T.H. The proponents behind this method claim that this is a way which works with the body’s defence mechanism instead of against it. The theory behind this is, when we “help” our body with a quick fix, we tend to work against it, prolonging the healing process.

Ugly Inflammation

 There are several reasons why inflammation gets ugly. To name a few, they are:

*Having an impaired immune system/chronic infections

*Consuming a diet rich in arachidonic acid (omega 6 fatty acid) and not enough omega 3

* Constant exposure to toxins (foods and environment)

*Prolonged trauma/injury

*Obesity

Chronic inflammation can lead to damaged tissues in other parts of the body and as a result could lead to health conditions such as heart disease. This can be minimized by including more whole foods like nuts, seeds, legumes and especially vegetables and fruits into your diet.

Factors that impair healing:

*Nutrient deficiencies

*Lack of sufficient protein

*Over use of effected area than is needed

NUTRIENTS TO THE RESCUE!

There is a time period in which healing from inflammation is most crucial and that is during the first six to eight weeks after an injury or infection.

By focusing on several key nutrients, will ensure that your body is well equipped with the necessary tools it needs to deal with an injury/infection. By doing this, you will minimize any further damage and speed up recovery.

TOP SEVEN RECOMMENDED NUTRIENTS FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY

*Vitamin A

*Vitamin C

*Vitamin E

*Essential Fatty Acids (Omegas)

*Enzymes

*Protein

*Zinc

FOODS WITH ANTIINFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES

*Turmeric

*Pineapple

*Ginger

*Papaya

*Garlic

*Aloe Vera Juice

*Flax Oil

*Hemp Hearts

Here is a simple and delicious way to incorporate the majority of these ingredients and key nutrients, mentioned above:

Cool down inflammation with a tropical smoothie!

Tropical Spice Anti Inflammatory Smoothie

Ingredients:

2-3 clementines, peeled or 1 medium orange

1 cup of unsweetened coconut water

1 cup of frozen or fresh pineapple

1 cup of frozen or fresh mango

½- 1 tsp of turmeric powder (if you aren’t a fan of spice, start off with ½ tsp.)

1 tsp of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped or ½-1 tsp of ground ginger

3 tbsp of hemp hearts

½-1 tsp of stevia to sweeten, optional

Instructions:

In a high speed blender, place coconut water, ginger, hemp hearts, turmeric, oranges and sweetener. Then, add in your fruit and blend on low to get things moving. Next, turn up blender speed to high until ingredients are blended well.

Enjoy!

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