Inflammation can be a good thing. Everyone has experienced the remarkable phenomenon of acute inflammation – a sprained ankle, splinter, or cut – and as a result have witnessed the affected area turn red, puffy and hot as your immune system rushes to your aid to assess the injury and fight any pathogen that might have entered your body. A normal, healthy inflammatory response should flare up and die down again a short time later, as the healing process resolves the inflammation and the injury heals. Pain and inflammation should not be chronic, it should go away – but what if it doesn’t?
Unresolved inflammation, visible or not, becomes more problematic the longer it keeps interfering with the normal workings of your body, and has been linked to many types of chronic disease such as arthritis and type 2 diabetes. Further inflammation can occur in the gut or you may suffer from joint discomfort.
It is important to learn which diet and lifestyle behaviours may be adding to inflammation in your body, such as:
- Being an unhealthy weight;
- Eating a diet containing refined/processed carbohydrates (e.g. white bread, pasta, white rice, cereals);
- Consuming ’trans’ fats (e.g. fried or fast foods, packaged baked goods, vegetable fats used in some margarines);
- Being sleep deprived;
- Regularly consuming alcohol, coffee, excess sugar and/or salt;
- Experiencing ongoing digestive issues that upset the balance of ‘good’ bacteria (e.g. stomach pain, bloating, diarrhoea);and/or
- Experiencing ongoing psychological stress (unhappy employment situation, social isolation, caring for a loved one with a serious disease).
Modifying any or all of these is an important step in a holistic approach to reducing inflammation that may be contributing to your pain or illness. Many people are aware that fish oils reduce inflammation and can assist with joint conditions such as arthritis; however there are also herbal ingredients that offer safe and effective anti-inflammatory support.
For further information about helping manage inflammation, natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief solutions that can be individualised for your situation, whether you need acute care or more ongoing support contact the clinic on 03 9484 4668 or [email protected]