Inflammation: the affects on your body and 7 ways to stop it
Alright, so I’m going to keep it real and be honest. If you read my “About” page, then you know that I struggle with chronic illness. And what you’ll read in that page is only a small piece of the puzzle (who wants to read a book in an “about me?”)
Yesterday I wanted to post a “Work it Out Wednesday” like last week, but unfortunately, my body just wasn’t having it, as I have currently been in a flare-up. There’s always one reason for my set-backs: stress. And with stress comes inflammation.
If you have any of the following symptoms, chances are you have inflammation:
~Digestive issues, such as constipation, gas, diarrhea, and bloating
~Skin issues such as psoriasis, eczema, or acne
~Baggy eyes with dark circles or a “puffy” face
~Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or “brain fog”
Sounds like a fun time, doesn’t it?
Fortunately, there are many things that you can do that will help with chronic inflammation. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Tart Cherry Juice
This is my current favorite (except for the price!). Make sure that it is 100% cherry juice as some juice companies like to add in other fruits or added sugars. Tart cherries help reduce inflammation, joint pain, AND they help your body to increase it’s production of melatonin (hellooooo goodnight’s sleep!) I try to have about 4 oz twice a day, but do your research for your body.
2. Avoid certain foods.
I will be honest, this part is not easy. But, I notice a huge difference when I eat the way I’m supposed to (and when I don’t). Some of the highest inflammation causing foods are refined sugars, refined grains (flour), dairy, fried foods, and alcohol. I personally would not recommend giving up all of these foods at once, but one at a time and see how you feel. Give it some time, as it takes a while for the body to adjust (I will be writing a future post on the process of how I gave up dairy and gluten).
3. Try a Glucosamine-Chondroitin Supplement
I don’t know about you, but I would much rather take a vitamin than pop a prescription pill or aspirin. This one is my personal favorite–I take one in the morning and one at night. They are a pretty big pill, so make sure you drink a lot of water.
I’ve talked about the importance of water in a previous post, but seriously, I cannot say it enough–hydration is SUPER important. Make sure you are drinking a lot to help flush your body of toxins that may be contributing to your inflammation.
5. Epsom Salt Baths
One of my absolute favorites! Honestly, I’m not even sure how I did life without these! My doctor recommended 3 times a week, which was great when I didn’t have a job or husband (now I’m lucky to get 1 per month!) BUT, any little bit will help. I get this one as it’s a good price and gets the job done. Personally, I’m not a fan of the scented ones, because I prefer to add my own essential oil (or none) depending on my mood.
I use 4 cups of Epsom salt and use water that’s as hot as I can stand. You need to make sure you hydrate (I keep my water bottle next to the tub), because you will SWEAT! And after your bath, you will need to continue hydrating, as you may continue sweating. I always take mine before bedtime because they can make you sleepy (and sleep better!) Your body will thank you!
This one is tricky. Your joints ache, muscles hurt, and you just don’t feel like working out. But, it can actually help you. Start small with just some walking or yoga, and then eventually build up to completing a full workout. Just make sure you are moving, as stiff joints and muscles will only get worse if you lay around.
One of my favorite remedies for digestive issues and nausea–ginger! I am lazy and don’t like going through the effort of using fresh ginger, so I drink it in tea form. My favorite tea is this one from Yogi, which is one of my favorite brands of teas because their flavors are always strong AND they have cute little sayings on their tea bags.
I have found this tea to help tremendously when it comes to my bloating as well!
In conclusion, don’t let your inflammation get out of control! There’s no reason to be miserable! Try some of these tips and share in the comments what works best for you.