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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Best Ways To Reduce Inflammation In The Body

 Inflammation is a defensive response by the immune system, which dispatches white blood cells to the affected sites. You may not always see it or feel it, but inflammation may slowly be damaging your body.

 The word inflammation can be used in so many health conditions from joint health to even asthma. It is a condition that so few people understand. So what is inflammation, do I have inflammation, and how do I treat inflammation?

 When you hear the word inflammation what comes to your mind? Do the words pain and swelling pop into your thinking? Most people hear inflammation and think of injuries but it can also be applied to infections, sickness, and even asthma. Inflammation is a part of the body’s natural healing system to help fight injury and infection. But it doesn’t just happen in response to injury and illness.

Inflammation with Asthma and Allergies

When you think of asthma, you think of breathing issues with tight bronchial tubes or narrowing of the airways but usually do not think of inflammation. I bet you probably don't think of how inflammation damages the lungs. I know that I did not think about the health of my lungs from the chronic cough that I had from asthma. I just thought of asthmatic coughing to be an annoying part of my life and that is why I delayed medical treatment for so long.

 I also thought that my coughing was a result of my seasonal allergies and could not be asthma, as I had no wheezing symptoms. I thought that the increase in mucus was just a post-nasal drip issue and I did not go to the doctor until it almost caused me to lose my life. It was a dairy allergy that I discovered through a food allergy blood test that increased my asthma symptoms. It was an accidental dairy ingestion that caused my airway to swell to the point that I could not breathe. 

 I then made an appointment with an allergist and asthma specialist. It was then that I learned how the chronic inflammation of asthma was damaging my lungs and I started allergy shots for asthma treatment.

What is an asthma attack?

 During an asthma attack, the muscle wall contracts, and the lining of the airways becomes swollen and inflamed. These changes cause a narrowing of the airways which is further aggravated by an increase in secretions from the mucus membrane, which may actually block the smaller airways.

The increase in mucus during an asthma attack is the inflammation making more white blood cells. My asthma attacks were from many different triggers like seasonal allergies, smoke, chemical fragrances, and food allergies. When one of these triggers entered my body, my body saw it as a foreign invader and started producing more white blood cells to attack it and that made the mucus. That is why we have lots of nose mucus when we are sick. Our body is trying to get the germs out of our body. My asthma was giving me chronic inflammation. 

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What can I do to reduce the risk of chronic inflammation?

 After being told that my chronic inflammation from asthma could lead to COPD, I knew that I had to do something to reduce the inflammation in my body. I knew that I did not want to take prescription medicines for asthma as those would come with additional side effects. For now, I was able to manage my asthma attacks and restore normal breathing with a natural inhaler. My current plan of asthma treatment includes allergy shots as I want to naturally heal my lungs from trauma.

Here are some additional ways to reduce inflammation in the body.

1. Load up on anti-inflammatory foods ~ Food can play an important part in healing in your body and certain foods can reduce inflammation. Foods that reduce inflammation are fruits like blueberries, vegetables like beets, salmon, tuna, flax seed, olive oil, green tea, and spices like ginger, rosemary, and turmeric.

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2. Cut back or eliminate inflammatory foods ~ Certain foods can cause inflammation in the body, so it is wise to reduce or eliminate these inflammatory foods. Inflammatory foods include red meat, trans fats foods such as margarine, corn oil, deep-fried foods, sugar, dairy, wheat, and most processed foods.

3. Control blood sugar ~ Food with simple carbohydrates is known to increase our blood sugar which increases inflammation. So limit or avoid simple carbohydrates, such as white flour, white rice, refined sugar, and anything with high fructose corn syrup. One easy rule to follow is to avoid white foods, such as white bread, rice, and pasta, as well as foods made with white sugar and flour. 

4. Make time to exercise ~ Regular exercise is an excellent way to prevent inflammation. Make time for 30 to 45 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three to five times per week. Strength training is also needed 2 to 3 times a week for 10 to 25 minutes. Weightlifting has plenty of benefits for helping us age better.

5. Lose weight ~ People who are overweight have more inflammation. Losing weight may decrease inflammation.

6. Manage stress ~ Chronic stress contributes to inflammation. Find ways to manage stress like exercise, yoga, and meditation.

7. Take supplements ~ Many supplements can help reduce inflammation in the body. Some supplements that may have anti-inflammatory effects are collagen, turmeric, fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc.

 The supplements that I take every day are pure fish oil and organic curcumin. Curcumin is a superior form of concentrated turmeric and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Curcumin is also rich in antioxidant properties. I like that fish oil is also a powerful anti-inflammatory & a natural pain reliever. I like that Pure Micronutrient supplements are made with pure ingredients and are gentle on the stomach. When I take supplements I want ones that are highly absorbable and made without nasty ingredients like fillers.

Additional resources: 

+ How To Manage Asthma Symptoms Naturally

Natural lung healing treatment plan

Allergy Shots Information 

+ Mold Sickness 


AiringMyLaundry said...

This wouldn't be fun to have at all. I am glad there are ways to help!

Kathy said...

These are a lot of great ways that can help out. I could only imagine how hard this could be.

Joline said...

Exercise has helped me manage my asthma as well. And helps with overall fitness too.

Lisa said...

Eliminate inflammatory foods is what I had to start doing. It's interesting how much our food changes our body.

Lavanda Michelle said...

These are great tips and most of them I do as someone with asthma. The elimination of inflammatory foods is top on my list.

Richelle Milar said...

This is a really great post, it’s nice to know that there’s a lot of ways that can help you. Thanks for sharing these tips with us!

alita said...

After reading this, I realized I need to do more exercises. At least go gor a walk 4 times a day.

Monica Simpson said...

I need to be better about reducing my own inflammation. It's all about my diet.

Christy G said...

I need to really try to stop eating so many carbs and drop my inflammation levels. I have RA and other chronic health issues.

Laura JL Books said...

I haven't heard about this product, it sounds that it has a lot of benefits. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Melanie Edjourian said...

This is all sound advice. I think many don't realise that some food cause inflammation in the body.

Heather said...

It is so important to reduce inflammation in your body as much as possible. I'm always looking for ways to reduce inflammation. Every little bit helps.

Beautiful Touches said...

Asthma and allergies can be so hard to live with, but I'm glad we have so many options to make things easier.

Anonymous said...

I've been hearing about inflammation lately and the food that causes it, etc. I'm still learning more about it. -LYNNDEE

Anonymous said...

I do suffer from feet inflammation often! I'll definitely follow your tips. Thanks for sharing your experience with helpful tips, as always ❤️

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Natasha Mairs - Serenity You said...

my dad uses the olbas stick thing. He says it helps clear out is sinuses .

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