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Tips to Fight Inflammation

Posted by Debra Murray on

Inflammation is the body's immediate response to fighting off bacteria, viruses and other foreign invaders. When inflammation becomes chronic, it is no longer helpful to your body. Chronic inflammation wears on your immune system and causes it to attack the body's own tissues. This opens the floodgates for a host of chronic diseases including:

 

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Parkinson's
  • Alzheimer's
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke

What makes inflammation in the body even more dangerous is that you won't realize it is happening until it's too late. All hope is not lost, there are some simple things you can do to fight inflammation in the body.

Boost Your Intake of Omega 3

Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that has been shown to quell chronic inflammation and reduce the risk of some types of diseases. If you indulge in processed foods and foods that are prepared with vegetable oils, you probably get way too much inflammation-promoting omega-6 in your diet. Adding more omega-3 to your eating plan helps balance out omega-6 and soothes the inflammation this substance can cause.

Fatty fish such as wild salmon, mackerel, lake trout, herring, anchovies, shellfish and pilchards contain hearty amounts of omega-3. If seafood is not your thing, don't worry. You can get your daily dose of omega-3 by munching on flaxseeds, walnuts and soybeans.

Take Emu Oil

Emu oil comes from the fat of the emu bird. The emu is related to the ostrich and is native to Australia. The oil of this flightless bird has been shown to pack some major healing properties and can be effective at calming inflammation in the body.

Eat Antioxidant Rich Foods

Antioxidants protect your body from the free radicals that promote inflammation. Add a variety of fruits and vegetables to your meals to get antioxidant compounds naturally. Some ideal choices include berries, kale, spinach, artichoke, red cabbage, broccoli, walnuts and almonds.

Get a Swedish Massage

Most people consider a massage a luxury. However, indulging in a 45-minute Swedish massage can reduce inflammation and increase the number of disease-fighting white blood cells in the body. The inflammation-reducing benefits can be felt after just one massage.

There is Still Hope

Don't let chronic inflammation cheat you out of good health. Use omega-3, emu oil, antioxidants and an occasional Swedish massage to reduce inflammation and improve your overall wellbeing.

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