Inflammation is categorized as a condition that is physical and in which a certain part of the body becomes swollen, hot, sometimes painful and even reddened.
Sometimes this inflammation comes about as a result of an injury but it can also be because of an infection, lack of homeostasis in the body and a poor diet.
Whenever there is inflammation present, whether it be external of internal, it is always best to opt for a natural way to reduce inflammation as this will have fewer and less toxic side effects.
1. Exercising Can Help Open Wounds Heal
Inflammation is also present when we have an open wound. A recent study carried out at the University of Illinois discovered many reasons to stay fit as people age and one particular point of interest they found was how there is a link between moderate exercise and decreased inflammation of damaged skin tissue.
Pilates, yoga, and even tennis or golf – all could help your wounds heal. Now there’s a new one!
2. Eat Healthy Foods Rich in Polyphenols
Polyphenols are natural anti-oxidants found in certain fresh food. A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, the April 2013 edition, backed up what nutritionists have been stating for a long time – that polyphenols has anti-inflammatory effects on adipose tissue.
Foods with the richest polyphenol content include; cloves, dried peppermint, and raw cacao powder.
3. Get Fishy
Supplementation of omega 3 fish oils have been proven to offer anti-inflammatory effects in a study published in the Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care journal.
The data from this study indicates that enteral fish oil given as a continuous infusion as part of complete nutrition improves outcome in critically ill patients, especially those with acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Ensure when choosing an omega 3 fish oil, that you go for a high quality one that is from wild fish, and contains almost zero PCB’s and other toxins such as mercury.
4. Add a Little Sunshine
Vitamin D3, the sunshine vitamin, has been found to help reduce inflammation according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
In a genetic study of more than 2,100 female twin pairs ages 19-79, British and American researchers found that higher vitamin D levels were linked to improved genetic measures of lifelong aging and chronic stress, with those who had the lowest levels expected to age up to 5 years quicker than those with the highest vitamin D3 levels.
So if it’s a sunny day by you – get outside and soak up some rays! 10 minutes is all you need. Besides, the Sun is one of the best natural way to reduce inflammation.
5. Aloe Vera Me Up Baby
According to one study carried out at the University of Maryland Medical Centre, early evidence has suggested that aloe vera gel may improve symptoms of genital herpes and certain skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Another study found that aloe vera gel displayed anti-inflammatory effects superior to 1% hydrocortisone cream or a placebo gel.
Due to this, researchers claim that aloe vera gel may be useful in the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions, such as ultraviolet-induced erythema.
Aloe vera can be taken as a liquid to help reduce inflammation, or applied externally to sun-burn and any other external bites or injuries. Just do not apply it to open wounds.