Article By Guest Author Erika Long

Chronic inflammation can be the result of environmental, lifestyle, or genetic factors. Our immune system attempts to fight foreign invaders by releasing chemicals that cause swelling, redness and pain. While acute inflammation is a normal reaction to illness or injury, chronic inflammation is detrimental. When the body is chronically inflamed, the immune system is continually fighting and can result in the body developing autoimmune diseases or other lifestyle conditions. Fortunately, there are natural remedies which can lessen chronic inflammation in the body and support the immune system.

1. Diet
An anti-inflammatory diet is a smart first step to reducing chronic inflammation. Certain foods are rich in anti-inflammatory components and while others exacerbate inflammation. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, and healthy fats like broccoli, berries, leafy greens, avocados, fish, apples, cherries, almonds, and walnuts are all anti-inflammatory. Pro-inflammatory foods such as refined sugar, processed foods, white flour products like bread, vegetable oils, dairy, and processed meat are recommended to limit or avoid altogether.

Incredible picture of fruits and vegetables

2. Stress Management
When stress becomes chronic, it can negatively impact the body’s ability to heal from inflammation. Biofeedback, yoga, meditation, and tai-chi can all help manage daily stress.

3. Stop Smoking and Reduce Drinking
Smoking and heavy drinking are vices that affect overall health in a number of ways, chronic inflammation being one of them.

4. Sleep and Exercise
Sufficient sleep and exercise are two main pillars on which good health stands. Reduce chronic inflammation by following sleep hygiene and a daily routine of physical activity.

a. Go to bed between 9pm-11pm
b. Wake between 5am-7am
c. Keep the room dark, cool (between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit) and quiet
d. Exercise in the morning and preferably outside.
e. Take a walk in the sun to help with vitamin D production but also to release serotonin that will be converted into melatonin, the sleep hormone, 12 hours later.

5. CBD Oil
CBD oil has certain properties that make it a strong contender among natural remedies for reducing chronic inflammation. It is known to influence changes in the DNA expression, potentially asking cells to release more antioxidants to combat inflammation.

Not only has CBD oil been seen to inhibit enzymes that cause inflammation, but it also works effectively against arthritic damage, which is a widely known cause of inflammation. Studies have also shown that rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune inflammatory condition, could be fought effectively by using CBD oil. This non-toxic product of the cannabis plant binds with CB2 receptors in the body, having a direct effect on the immune system.

6. Herbs
Several herbs are available as natural remedies to fight chronic inflammation. Of the different herbs that could help reduce chronic inflammation, turmeric and ginger are the most popular and effective.

a. Turmeric works on inflammation by overriding the effects of cytokines, which are pro-inflammatory proteins continually produced by the body in cases of chronic inflammation.

b. Ginger prohibits the chemicals that cause inflammation, such as COX-2 and is considered by some to be as effective in reducing inflammation as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.

Boswellia, cat’s claw, devil’s claw, flaxseed, and thunder god vine are other natural herbs that help reduce inflammation.

Yoga Pose in a Park

7. Yoga
Yoga can significantly reduce the production of interleukin-6, a compound that indicates levels of inflammation, which directly correlates to reduced inflammation.

Yoga Pose at Sunset

Natural Remedies are Golden
Neglecting chronic inflammation can, in time, lead to serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and gut problems. Prescription anti-inflammatory drugs can have side effects that are as severe as the inflammation itself. Natural remedies can help fight inflammation effectively and embracing a healthier lifestyle can prevent illness in the future.

A Big Thank You to Erika Long for sharing this with us!

Erika Long loves corgis, curry and comedy. Always searching for the next great snuggle, flavor or laugh, she inspires people to live their best life now. When not writing, Erika can be found at her local brewery dominating Harry Potter trivia night.