I have terrible inflammation. It hurts and I know its a symptom of something worse going on inside my body. In today’s blog I’m going to offer some ideas on how to deal with this inflammation and swelling using my experiences and some found during research that I have yet to try. (Yesterday’s blog: Inflammation & You)
#1: Chronic inflammation is a serious problem and should be discussed and presented to a medical professional, which I am not. I’m just a regular person whose had some experiences to share.
#2: It’s really important to identify what is causing the inflammation. It’s natural to want to treat the inflammation because it can come with some mild to severe pain, can limit your range of motion and just be unsightly in general. I hate when I can’t fit into my wedding ring because my fingers have become swollen sausages!
#3: After you’ve identified the root causes (#2), you need to deal with them. It’s of no help to know what’s causing the problems but ignore it. Basically, you’re going to need to get healthy and heal yourself. This can be done in many ways, but you definitely want the support and guidance from your doctor or you could be risking making things worse.
Sometimes, you come across something that impacts your life and things change for the better. Sometimes these great changes improve other areas that you were not intending. Personally, I desperately want to have children with my husband. I’m overweight and have serious health problems, like PCOS (polycycstic ovarian syndrome), anxiety and allergies with a lovely (not really) chronic sinus infection. Most of my health issues are intertwined but are easily seem as different issues.
I’ve had a lot of failures but the many doctors that I have seen seem to think that if I just lose weight I should have no problem getting pregnant. Having PCOS makes it dang near impossible and being sick with sinus infections keeps me in bed a lot making it difficult to go to the gym and workout. I’m a mess.
I am happy to share that I am far less a mess today that I was even 1 year ago. I stumbled across Keto from a friend at work and I am so grateful! Not only is it easy to follow, I’m not hungry all the time, or crabby, or starving…and it worked! Not only has it been working, I’m getting healthier in more ways that just losing weight! And, I’m also having success with improving my other health issues, like anxiety. I went in to try to lose some weight and now my hormones and blood sugar are balanced and where they should be, I’m no longer a prediabetic, I’ve seen improvements with my mental health and I’ve really seen a difference in my inflammation!
It took a long time to identify that I had anxiety issues. I thought I was losing my mind and doctor’s couldn’t figure it out either. Mostly it’s the anxiety and burnt adrenal glands that seem to impact my inflammation the most. Now, I have noticed that I can handle more stress (good or bad) before a reaction…and, when I do have a reaction, the inflammation goes away much more quickly. I’m loving this improvement and it gives me hope that one day I might be done with it altogether.
For me, the ketogenic diet really helped me to address many mental and physical health issues that I have. In addition, I take supplements and prescribed medications to address the problems individually. Technically, I do not do anything in efforts to rid myself of the inflammation as it is now healing itself. It kind of helped me to know that the swelling was a reaction to something else going wrong.
Whatever you do, follow the three steps above to begin dealing with your inflammation. It’s so important that we do not ignore this as just something that happens. Swelling and inflammation should not be ignored because its your body telling you that something is seriously wrong!
Here are a few things you might want to ask your doctor about or research to help address inflammation:
- Adrenal and cortisol relief herb/supplement…I like the one from Dr. Berg but just started the one from Mother’s Market and don’t see much difference.
- Avoid or limit certain foods that may increase or irritate inflammation: sugar, high fructose corn syrup, margarine, vegetable oils, grains and grain flours (breads and pastas), french fries, alcohol, processed meats, MSG, aspartame (most diet sodas), too much protein, dairy (milk, heavy whipping cream,
- Add certain foods that help reduce inflammation: fresh fish (not farmed), tomatoes, avocado and olive oils, avocados, green leafy veggies (kale, spinach, etc), strawberries, blueberries, nuts, coffee (but don’t go too crazy), garlic, spices and herbs (basil, thyme, oregano, curcumin, chili peppers), green tea, onions
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please write in the comments section below. I’m hoping that this helps even one person out there in this world to feel better and know that something can change for the better. Also, if you would like to share your experiences with inflammation, please add it to the comments below so that you too can potentially help others.
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PS-Tomorrow I’m interviewing a nutritionist today about inflammation and I could not be more excited! I will be recording my first video for many months and will let you know what it’s posted on YouTube for your enjoyment. Keep a look out!