Updated: Mar 3
Inflammation is part of the body's immune response, and when it's acute and not dangerous, it's the body's natural defence against damaged cells, viruses, bacteria and so on.
It aims to remove these harmful or foreign invaders and heal the body. While acute inflammation starts quickly and usually only lasts a few days, chronic inflammation can last for months or even years when the cause has not been eliminated.
Chronic inflammation can affect any organ. Some symptoms and signs of chronic inflammation include:
There is increasing evidence that chronic inflammation causes and advances many common chronic diseases. Examples include:
neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease
weight gain and obesity
blood sugar imbalance and type 2 diabetes
Causes of chronic inflammation include:
a poor diet (e.g. high in sugar, other refined carbohydrates and low in fresh fruit and vegetables)
minor food sensitivities
poor gut health (imbalanced gut bacteria)
a sedentary lifestyle
lack of sleep
excess weight or obesity
stress (physical and/or emotional)
exposure to air pollution
Natural Remedies for Chronic Inflammation
Avoid foods that cause inflammation, including:
trans fats found in fast foods, processed snack foods, partially hydrogenated oil, including most margarine
high levels of omega-6 oils: omega-6 fatty acids are important in moderation, but excess levels produce inflammation
refined carbohydrates such as white flour
casein is in dairy products
alcohol: it's best not to consume alcohol or only do so in moderation
Be sure your diet includes lots of anti-inflammatory foods.
vegetables: a minimum of 4-5 servings per day of beets, carrots, cruciferous. vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale), dark, leafy greens (collard greens, kale, spinach), onions, peas, salad greens, and squashes.
fruits: 3-4 servings per day of healthy fruits, like apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, oranges, pears, grapefruit, pineapple, plums, pomegranates or strawberries.
water: be sure to drink enough high quality purified water for your body weight.
beans and legumes: 1 or 2 servings a day of beans, chickpeas or lentils.
herbs and spices: unlimited amounts of antioxidant-rich herbs and spices, like basil, chilli peppers, cinnamon, curry powder, garlic, ginger, rosemary, turmeric and thyme.
protein: many vegetables contain generous amounts of protein, such as legumes (see above) and mushrooms; other options include organic eggs, grass-fed meats, healthy cheeses, organic poultry and cultured/raw dairy.
tea is an excellent natural anti-inflammatory beverage; try 2-4 cups of green, oolong or white tea per day.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to decrease system-wide inflammation, making them helpful for a wide range of health concerns, especially where inflammation is a problem.
Turmeric/curcumin (see the featured product below)
White willow bark: Nature's Sunshine's Eight is an excellent source of white willow bark.
Bromelain is an enzyme that occurs naturally in pineapple and is very effective for reducing swelling.
Resveratrol and quercetin are powerful anti-inflammatory substances, available either as supplements or from foods. Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes. Quercetin is found in onions, apples, kale, blueberries and green tea.
Anti-inflammatory practices include regular exercise, enough good quality sleep, and meditation. If you think you may have health problems related to chronic inflammation; you might try reducing or eliminating any of the causes we've discussed, as well as try the suggested solutions. We would be glad to help you with this. Please call 613.829.0427 for an appointment to identify sources of inflammation, as well as determine which solutions will work best for you.
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How It Works:
Nature’s Sunshine’s Turmeric Curcumin VegCap contains 550 mg of turmeric root extract curcumin. Turmeric contains curcuminoids, the major active constituents of the root which gives turmeric its intense yellow pigment, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to the poor bioavailability of curcuminoids, Turmeric Curcumin also contains black pepper extract and piper nigrum to enhance the bioavailability and absorption of curcumin.
Provides antioxidants for the maintenance of good health.
Used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve joint inflammation.
Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine as an antiparasitic and to improve digestion.
There are a number of supplements to help you maximize your liver and kidney health. You can find information about these products and purchase them in our online store:
Lavender, Organic Essential Oil
Super Omega 3
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Disclaimer: The suggestions and recommendations in this newsletter are not intended to be prescriptive or diagnostic. The information is accurate and up to date to our knowledge but we are not responsible for any errors in our sources of information.