Home Remedies for Inflammation

Here are some simple remedies that can ease your inflammation.

Inflammation occurs when your body senses injury, bacteria attack or damage. It helps natural healing of the body and prompts repair process as well. If your body doesn’t create inflammation, the injury or damage may trigger deadly infection.

The symptoms of inflammation are feeling heat, swelling, redness and sometimes pain and immobility. Despite being a necessary bio process, inflammation can be problematic as it may cause discomfort, high fever, acne, bowel disorders and even cancer.

The key is here to balance your body’s inflammation. And these simple home remedies will help you in that.

Turmeric (Curcumin):

Turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory agent that is its yellow pigment called curcumin. It has been used for ages in ancient medication for treating inflammation, wounds and infections. Many researches have confirmed that curcumin is anti-bacterial and antioxidant as well.

And using turmeric is quite simple. You can add fresh or powdered curcumin to your curries, soups, juices and other dishes.

Green Tea:

Green tea is known for its anti-inflammatory effects. It can also minimize inflammation of the digestive tract, thereby easing the conditions like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

Take 3-4 cups of green tea daily. Green tea is also available in a pill form.

Chili Peppers (Capsaicin):

The endless varieties of hot peppers sprout as one small shrub found in many tropical regions across North America. The pepper feels hot because of its chemical known as capsaicin. And this is the same capsaicin that reduces inflammatory in the body. All chili peppers like jalapeno or cayenne have capsaicin. Chili peppers can be used as in a powdered form in a wide variety of dishes. The safe dose of cayenne pepper, according to the University of Maryland’s Medical Center, is between 30 and 120 mg three times a day.

Salmon:

Several cold water fishes like salmon are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA, which reduce inflammation. According to some researches, these two fatty acids ease cytokines, a compound that triggers the inflammation. And there are plenty of ways to enjoy salmon, from grilling, baking, to roasting. But avoid overcooking as it can destroy the healthy fats. You can have salmon 2-3 times a week. You can also take fish oil supplements if you can’t manage to have salmon (talk to your physician before taking fish oil supplements).

Ginger:

Ginger is a popular cooking herb with powerful anti-inflammation elements. It is useful in a range of inflammatory conditions. The National Institutes of Health confirms that ginger root prevents the genes responsible for prompting the inflammatory response, including cytokines, COX-2 enzymes and chemokines.

You can take ginger root in its natural whole state or powdered form to get its healing effects. To prepare a tea from ginger, add 3 tbsp. ginger powder to 1 cup hot water, cool and drink. However, avoid taking it with any blood thinning medications as it may thin the blood and increase the risk for bleeding.

The recommended dose of powdered ginger per day is 2 to 3 grams. Don’t take it more than four grams as it may cause heartburn or digestive issues.

Cloves:

Cloves are rich in one compound known as eugenol, which prevents the enzyme being responsible for inflammatory response. This enzyme is targeted by many non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Apply some dosage of clove oil to the affected area.

Bottom Line:

Apart from using these remedies, take care of your lifestyle and avoid taking refined sugar, carbs, caffeine and nicotine in excess. See your doctor if you don’t experience any improvement in your condition.

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