Inflammation can be good and bad for the body. If you have ever injured yourself, it becomes swollen and warm. That’s good/healthy inflammation as the immune system is healing the body. But when the immune system goes into overdrive and starts attacking healthy cells and tissues that is bad and unhealthy inflammation. If inflammation is ignored it becomes chronic and can lead to debilitating conditions and diseases, like autoimmune, IBS, arthritis, and premature aging.
Common signs of inflammation include:
- Joint pains
- Bloating and digestive problems
- Skin issues- acne, rashes, dry patches, etc.
Top 8 Anti-inflammatory foods:
- Wild Salmon– has the omega-3 fatty acids. Wild caught salmon has shown most effective anti-inflammatory agents. Other sources of omega-3 to be added in your diet are herring, sardines, and anchovies.
- Turmeric– active component curcumin has been used for centuries in east medicine.
- Dark Chocolate (80% cacao or higher)- contains the phytonutrient resveratrol. Its also an antioxidant in red wine. Resveratrol has been shown to protect DNA, flight inflammation and protect cells from free radicals.
- Green Tea– an antioxidant has been very popular in Asia. It plays significant role in reducing cardiovascular disease, preventing cancer and lower rates of neurocognitive decline.
- Chili Peppers– The anti-inflammatory capsaicin in chili peppers has a bonus ability as a painkiller too.
- Coconut Oil– is full of healthy fats which helps burn body fat and improve brain function. It’s also anti-inflammatory so make it the cooking oil of choice.
- Ginger– provides boost to immune system and has healing properties. Ginger’s ability to modulate the immune system makes it powerful anti-inflammatory.
- Green Vegetables (Broccoli, Swiss Chard, Bok Choy)- contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals. Green vegetables are high in antioxidants that fight free radicals and prevent and reduce inflammation in the body.
Your diet is important factor determining your level of inflammation and your overall health. Processed foods, sugar, fried foods and alcohol must be limited/ avoided in order to keep inflammation low.
Tech neck syndrome is getting increasingly prominent between the ages of 15 and 40. It’s caused by stress of carrying the compounded weight of the head as it looks down at a smartphone or computer for long periods of time. Its also referred to as “text neck,” the forward head position increases stress to the spine particularly the cervico-thoracic junction. Creating an abnormal muscle pattern resulting in tight muscles where there should be relaxed ones and vice versa.
Its challenging to properly treat this condition in addition to activities that stretch and strengthen the neck and spine also recommend taking joint health supplements and herbs. (info on last month blog)
Joint health is one of the important aspects to keep a healthy body as it ages. There are many different stages of joint support- Acute, Subacute or Long-term joint support.
For Acute Joint health- Recommend use of Turmeric, Boswellia, Ginger and celery seed. These help reduce inflammation, stimulate circulation, promote healing and provide antioxidant activity.
For Subacute Joint health- Recommend use in addition of above also add Gotu Kola complex, Rhodiola & Ginseng complex, and Ashwaganda complex. These herbs reduce inflammation and provide antioxidant support, stimulate circulation and to improve Healing and repair. Rhodiola & Ginseng also enhances strength, endurance and recovery in athletes and work performance.
For Long-term Joint health- Also use Tuna Omega oil and Glucosamine help maintain healthy connective tissue and supports the body’s normal connective tissue repair.
Key to healthy joints it to support healthy circulation, reduce inflammation and support the body’s normal connective tissue repair and synthesis processes.