Thursday, 2 April 2015

Fighting Inflammation

From several unrelated sources I've learned about friends of mine (or friends of friends) near to my age being diagnosed with rheumatism. How can this be, so young! I thought it would be interesting to do a post on this topic. I know of a few natural treatments, which have helped the ones I know...

One treatment received is called PDGF (Platelet Derived Growth Factor). In Spanish it is called Factores de crecimiento. My friend had surgery on her knee and later the PDGF treatment. More than 2 years later and has had no problems at all with her leg since then. She said that because of her treatment, she was able to recover in about half the time an normal, for someone her age.

We know of others who did the PDGF treatment for arthritis in their feet and hands and they are also happy with the results. Definitely something to check out!

One could try the Copaiba Essential Oil. This essential oil is known to reduce the body's natural response to injury or irritation. It should also minimize discomfort related to muscle stiffness. It comes from the the Copaiba Tree. You would need to use a therapeutic grade oil. 

To learn more and/or purchase the oil you can go here: Young Living.com and please use my customer number as your referral 2007250 for the sponsor and enroller ID numbers.


In addition to these treatments, one should definitely introduce an anti-inflammatory diet. This will go a long way and will help to support any medicine or treatment you are doing. This is essential!

Here is a nice article on inflammation and what foods to eat or avoid: http://www.naturalhealthmag.com/healthy-eating/anti-inflammatory-diet

Here is a snippet from the article...

Put Out The Fire
A PROTECTIVE MENU is easier to assemble at home, where you can control the ingredients, including cooking oils. Follow our guide to anti-inflammatory foods, especially if you have inflammation risk factors like elevated levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, or C-reactive protein.

Polyphenols. These inflammation-dampening phytochemicals are found in colorful fruits like blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries, which also contain flavonoids called anthocyanins that protect against oxidative damage.

Quercetin. This anti-inflammatory compound and natural histamine inhibitor is the most powerful kind of flavonoid. Excellent sources include red grapes, red and yellow onions, garlic, broccoli, and apples.

Antioxidants. These nutrients protect the body from free radicals, which trigger inflammation. Carrots and orange winter squash supply beta carotene; bell peppers are high in vitamin C; tomatoes are rich in lycopene. Leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, are also abundant in antioxidants.

Omega-3 fatty acids. Thanks to anti-inflammatory properties, omega-3s provide significant benefit to patients with chronic inflammatory diseases, according to a report in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The most potent omega-3s are found in seafood, especially cold-water fish like salmon (preferably wild). Stock your pantry with canned anchovies and sardines and jars of marinated herring to add to meals. Vegetarian sources of omega-3s include flaxseed oil, dark greens, and walnuts.

Oleic acid. Almonds and macadamias (or their oils) contain this omega-9 fatty acid, which helps omega-3s do their job. Olive oil, which contains oleic acid, is best for everyday cooking.

Curcumin. Turmeric, an Indian spice that gives curry its orange-yellow color, contains curcumin, one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory compounds in nature, says Michael T. Murray, N.D., author of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. Other spices with anti-inflammatory properties are ginger and rosemary. - See more at: http://www.naturalhealthmag.com/healthy-eating/anti-inflammatory-diet/page/2#sthash.Rx5C4Pjs.dpuf

Foods That Feed The Fire
Wheat, eggs, milk, soybeans, yeast, and meat are among the most common inflammatory foods. Meat contains inflammation-promoting arachidonic acid; beef has the highest content, double the amount in lamb, pork, or chicken. Eggs and dairy products also contain arachidonic acid, but in lower amounts.

Ironically, well-intentioned advice to consume vegetable oils rather than saturated-fat-rich butter has led to a multifold increase in the intake of omega-6 fatty acids, which promote inflammation. Popular vegetable oils such as sunflower, corn, peanut, soy, cottonseed, and (regular) safflower are high in inflammatory omega-6s.

Choose free-range chicken, turkey, or duck, which receive a natural grass feed rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Dairy is fine to eat unless it upsets your system, which could trigger inflammation. Make a point of buying eggs with extra omega-3s. And avoid foods that cause inflammation-provoking spikes in blood sugar, such as sugary drinks, refined white flour, and fried potatoes.

Full article here: http://www.naturalhealthmag.com/healthy-eating/anti-inflammatory-diet

So, in a nutshell... Stay away from junk food, high sugar foods, white flour products, preservatives, too much red meat, etc... Limit alcohol and coffee. Go natural!!! It's better for you anyway and you will feel great. I suggest juicing with fruits and veggies. Great addition to an anti-inflammatory diet and detox.

About a year ago I went on a diet like this. All natural, gluten and dairy free, only sugar coming from fruit or veggies, etc etc. Basically I'm a different person! I had extremely achy joints (along with many other health annoyances). Everything. I mean everything went away, as soon as I went on this diet. It truly can make a difference.

I hope this helps!