Reduce Inflammation,Lower Stress
Stress reduction plays a significant role in quelling inflammation, which is why it is essential that everyone develops tools to help manage stress. Studies have shown how mindfulness techniques may be more effective in relieving inflammatory symptoms than other activities that promote well-being. They have been shown to reduce the expression of genes involved in the inflammatory process.
No doubt, the mind-body connection is very important in managing inflammation: through a devoted practice to meditation, yoga and healing breathwork, one can bring the body, the mind and the emotions–in essence, the central nervous system–to a cooler, calmer and more balanced state.
Fighting Inflammation with Food
An anti-inflammation diet is a front-line defense. After all, food is medicine. We nourish ourselves by converting the energy and information from our food into the biological intelligence of our body. To create and maintain a healthy mind-body physiology, our food must be nourishing, our digestive power strong, and our elimination efficient.
Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Supplements
Before trying any new anti-inflammatory treatment, even a natural one, it’s imperative that you consult with your physician. The type of inflammation determines the supplement and dosing.
Some of the most effective evidence-based anti-inflammatory herbs, spices and supplements people may wish to try, depending on the cause of inflammation, are following, and please look for certified organic, wherever possible:
• Omega 3 fatty-acids
• Curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric
• Boswellia serrata or Frankincense
• Green tea
So the moral of the story here is that mindfulness is essential to become the witness to how our body “reacts” when stressed, and be able to shift, then “respond” from a state of relaxed awareness. If we can’t change the stressor, we can change our perception of it. This can quell the flames.