Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Inflammation

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inflammationWhat is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a protective process that the body uses to fight infection and foreign substances such as viruses or bacteria. It is responsible for the swelling, redness, and pain associated with injuries. Other signs of acute inflammation include heat and loss of movement. Pain management is often an important part of addressing inflammation, which can become dangerous to your health if it is unresolved or becomes chronic. Taking a natural approach to inflammation can help.

What are the Causes of Inflammation?

Listed below are some of the most common causes of inflammation.

• Pathogens (germs) such as bacteria, viruses or fungi
• External injuries like scrapes or foreign objects
• Cystitis, or inflammation of the bladder
• Bronchitis, or inflammation of the bronchi
• Otitis media, a middle ear infection
• Dermatitis, a condition where skin is inflamed
• Arthritis, inflammation of the joints
• Food allergies/sensitivities
• Autoimmune diseases

Natural Treatments for Reducing Inflammation

Holistic treatment of inflammation involves removing triggers such as eliminating possible infections, making diet modifications, and supplementing with beneficial nutrients to promote healing and the resolution of inflammation.

Managing Inflammation Through Diet

Eating nutrient dense, antioxidant rich, and anti-inflammatory foods can help to promote a healthy immune response and reduce inflammation. These foods are health promoting and protective to the body. Examples include dark leafy greens, colorful fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins and healthy fats, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

It is important to eliminate pro-inflammatory foods, such as sugar, refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated or unhealthy fats, and processed foods, because they contribute to pain, swelling, and cellular damage. An increase in inflammation has been associated with most chronic diseases including arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and various cancers. Here is more information on inflammatory foods to avoid, as well as  anti-inflammatory foods to seek out and incorporate into your diet.

Managing Inflammation with Natural Supplements

There are many supplements that can help support the anti-inflammatory processes. Pathway Inflammove contains a comprehensive blend of herbs, enzymes, and antioxidant nutrients
that support healthy joint mobility. Key ingredients include turmeric, ginger, white willow, boswellia, devil’s claw, papain, bromelain, resveratrol and grape seed extract. This formula is recommended for anyone experiencing either acute or chronic pain and inflammation.

Another effective supplement is turmeric. Turmeric has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as cardiovascular, brain, liver, and digestive protective capabilities. Studies support its use in a variety of inflammatory conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, pancreatitis, ulcerative colitis, and post-surgery recover. Pathway TURMERIC extract contains Curcumin C3 Complex, a patented blend of curcuminoids that has been clinically studied.

Talk to one of Village Green’s naturopathic doctors or certified nutritionists for a personal assessment of your particular situation. Village Green Apothecary offers a variety of natural solutions for addressing your inflammation and improving your quality of life.

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