Over 18 years ago, at at the age of 32, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis that left me with joint pain so severe that I was bedridden many days. Once I learned about the powerful healing benefits of food and herbs, I was able to completely eliminate my joint pain and go on to live a pain-free and medication-free life. Still to this day, at the age of 51, I am the healthiest I have ever been in my life and I credit that all to my diet and lifestyle choices.
The pain I was experiencing, all those years ago, was due to chronic inflammation of my joints. Once I was able to eliminate that chronic inflammation with diet and herbs, I was able to eliminate all of my pain.
If you are dealing with chronic inflammation then I encourage you to look at changing your diet. So many foods that we eat every single day, cause chronic inflammation in our bodies. Along with foods, there are some amazing herbs that help with chronic inflammation. My Inflammation Buster Tea is loaded with anti-inflammatory herbs to help naturally reduce inflammation in your body. But be forewarned, if you really want to see improvement in your inflammation, you will also need to change your diet.
First let's chat a bit about inflammation....
What is inflammation?
Inflammation happens to everyone. It is a very important function of our immune system. Your immune system creates inflammation to protect the body from infection, injury, or disease. There are many things you wouldn’t be able to heal from without inflammation.
There are two types of inflammation that we will discuss. Acute inflammation and chronic inflammation.
What is acute inflammation? Acute inflammation usually occurs for a short duration. It often resolves in a few weeks or less. Symptoms appear quickly. This type of inflammation restores your body to its state before the injury or illness. So, think of what happens when you get a cut or if you get a cold. Your immune system kicks in and acute inflammation does its job to heal your body. Without this type of inflammation your body would not be able to heal itself.
What is chronic inflammation? Chronic inflammation is a slower and generally a more severe form of inflammation. It typically lasts longer than a few weeks and can last for several months or years. It can occur even when there’s no injury, and it doesn’t always end when the illness or injury is healed. Chronic inflammation has been linked to most autoimmune disorders and most chronic diseases. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many diseases including the following; cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, obesity, asthma and Alzheimer’s . When you have chronic inflammation, your body’s inflammatory response can eventually start damaging healthy cells, tissues, and organs. Over time, this can lead to DNA damage, tissue death, and internal scarring. CLICK HERE
There are many environmental factors that can cause chronic inflammation. One of the number one things that cause chronic inflammation, is your diet. The good news is that you have control over this. Your dietary choices each day will either increase or decrease your chronic inflammation. It is important that you follow an anti-inflammatory diet to significantly reduce your risk of developing chronic inflammation and therefore many of the diseases previously mentioned. And if you are currently suffering with chronic inflammation then you will be happy to know that following an anti-inflammatory diet can help the chronic inflammation that you might be experiencing right now.
*As women in perimenopause and menopause, it is even more important that we eat a diet that is anti-inflammatory, because the hormone estrogen has been shown to play a part in protection from inflammation. As we age our estrogen levels start to decrease and therefore we lose some of it’s protection from inflammation. CLICK HERE
Herbs for reducing inflammation:
1. Green Tea - The active ingredient in green tea that boasts anti-inflammatory properties are tea catechins—particularly EGCG. Epigallocatechin gallate is a catechin that has been shown to reduce inflammation. One study showed that catechins and flavonoids in green tea work to inhibit protein denaturation resulting in decreased inflammation. CLICK HERE
The tea catechins also prevent free radicals from wreaking havoc in the body. Free radicals are uncharged cells that bond with healthy cells and cause oxidative stress that can affect health. Free radicals can be caused by pollution, an unhealthy diet, and smoking. Oxidative stress is what ties inflammation to a host of diseases. Drinking tea can help to prevent free radicals from damaging healthy cells and stave off illnesses. CLICK HERE
Green tea may also lower the risk of heart disease by regulating blood pressure. The catechins in green tea decrease inflammation and improve blood flow. This helps to lower blood pressure while also reducing the risk of blood clots and heart attack. CLICK HERE
2. Ginger Tea - Ginger contains compounds known as gingerol and shogaol, which play a role in the inflammatory process. Research shows that these compounds help to decrease inflammation and fight the resulting oxidative stress. The research indicates that ginger tea may help to prevent oxidative-stress related diseases including certain types of cancer. CLICK HERE
According to the Arthritis Foundation, ginger tea may help to reduce pain associated with inflammation-related diseases. The site references research that shows ginger works as effectively as painkillers including NSAIDs—non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs—to reduce pain and target inflammation on a cellular level. CLICK HERE
3. Rooibos Tea - Animal studies show that rooibos tea can help decrease inflammation thanks to anti-inflammatory flavonoids. In the case of rooibos tea and inflammation, aspalathin and nothofagin are the active ingredients. The research indicates these two flavonoids are more powerful than other flavonoids at treating chronic inflammatory conditions. The animal study demonstrated that drinking rooibos tea can prevent DNA damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. CLICK HERE
4. Turmeric Tea - Turmeric root is an essential ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine. The plant contains the active ingredient curcumin, which helps to fight chronic inflammation. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that curcumin inhibits molecules that play a part in the inflammation process. The research also referenced six human trials outlining the safety and efficacy of turmeric in treating inflammation. CLICK HERE
5. Rosehip Tea - One meta-analysis of randomized trials involving close to 300 participants found that use of rose hips for three months resulted in a significant decrease in inflammation, pain intensity, and joint stiffness. The researchers attributed these inflammatory effects to galactolipids found in rose hips. CLICK HERE
Versus Arthritis also found that rose hips block certain enzymes that breakdown cartilage and cause increased inflammation. The vitamin C in rose hip tea also contains antioxidants that prevent oxidative stress. CLICK HERE
In addition, the Arthritis Foundation cites research showing rose hips were more effective than a placebo in treating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis including inflammation and joint stiffness. CLICK HERE
6. Holy Basil Tea (Tulsi) - Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is indigenous to the Indian continent and highly revered for its medicinal uses within the Ayurvedic and Siddha medical systems. Many in vitro, animal and human studies attest to tulsi having multiple therapeutic actions including adaptogenic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective effects. CLICK HERE
INFLAMMATION BUSTER TEA (ARTHRITIS TEA) RECIPE: (click on each tea and it will take you to the brands that I use and recommend)
4 cups water
Raw honey (optional)
Place all teabags in a large glass mason jar. Pour 4 cups of boiling water into the mason jar. Place a loose lid on top (do not tighten lid so that some air can get through). Let tea steep at room temperature for a minimum of 20 minutes. For a stronger tea you can let it sit for several hours. If you let it sit for several hours and it gets cold, you can always add a little bit of hot water to warm it back up again. Once it is done brewing, pour it into a mug and enjoy!
As I mentioned earlier, if you want to really see a significant improvement in your inflammation then I encourage you to look at changing your diet. If you would like to learn more about this then I invite you to come join my Thrive45 Weight Loss & Wellness Course for Women In Midlife.
This course teaches you how to add anti-inflammatory foods into your diet and also how to remove pro-inflammatory foods from your diet. Now that you have a good understanding of inflammation and the role it plays in your body and overall health, you can start working on changing your diet and lifestyle!
SOURCES: Are linked above in my article.
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