Preventing Inflammation Naturally

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By Dr. Sender Deutsch
Published on October 30, 2012

Preventing inflammation

Many people are faced with inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal degeneration and disc herniations. Research has recently shown that NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as Advil, ibuprofen and other cox inhibitors actually delay the healing process.

To conquer inflammation naturally, follow these easy tips:

 

  • Do light aerobic activity for approximately 30 minutes a day.
  • Eat berries which have high anti-oxidants in them (like blueberries!)
  • Eat salmon and rainbow trout a few times per week as fish oil is a natural anti-inflammatory
  • Drink at least 2 litres of fluids per day to promote excretion of by-products from inflammation and to help lubricate your joints.
  • Stretch and do mobility exercises – motion is lotion!
  • Sleep 7-8 hours a day and incorporate a power nap if you can.  Sleep is what allows our bodies to heal and recover.
  • Use Arnica or Traumeel creams which are plant based natural anti-inflammatory products.
  • Swim or take hot baths to unload your joints as this increases blood flow. Swimming and water therapy increases blood flow by an approximate factor of 7.
  • Take approximately 2000 international units of vitamin D per day to help maintain bone health and optimize your immune system.
  • Stay away from eating night shade foods such as potatoes and tomatoes, high alkaline foods, and other refined foods that promote inflammation.

 

4 thoughts on “Preventing Inflammation Naturally

  1. I have been in so much pain in my neck because of arthritic joints and the swelling is unbareable along with the pain. Pain medication only works for 2 hrs at a time. Antiinflamatories don’t work. I will try blueberries. I do all the other suggestions from above display on this site, let’s hope it works.

    • Hi Dianne,

      Sorry to hear this. We hope some of our suggestions will work for you, let us know.

      Thanks for your comment
      - Back and Neck Care Centre

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