Are you Inflamed ?
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.
Inflammatory snowball effectImagine if you kept injuring yourself in the same location repetitively. The result would be unresolved ongoing inflammation. However, not all inflammation has a visible injury. For example, if there is inflammation in your gut, the only symptom may be some niggling gut issues, yet you cannot ‘see’ the problem. Nevertheless, there may be an inflammatory snowball effect occurring inside. 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. At Kush Health we can help with any ‘niggling’ issues, such as gut or maybe joint discomfort, to avoid the snowball effect occurring.
Stop inflammation going ‘through the roof’Nobody wants to be in pain, and for optimal health it is important to stop abnormal inflammation in its tracks. Pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories are commonly used to help relieve persistent pain, however some medications may be accompanied by unwanted side effects if used ongoing. Fortunately,Naturopathy has a range of natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief solutions that can be individualised for your situation, whether you need acute care or more ongoing support.
Safe and natural solutions for inflammationMany people are aware that fish oils reduce inflammation and can assist with joint conditions such as arthritis; however there are also herbs that offer safe and effective anti inflammatory support.
Factors that sustain inflammationIt 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 (unhappyemployment situation, social isolation, caring for a loved one with a serious disease).