What Can You do to Combat Inflammation? (by Jessica E, PTA)
by jessicag, October 16, 2018
Inflammation is a natural process in which our body tries to protect us from infection with white blood cells and substances released by them.
Inflammation can become a chronic problem after an injury or surgery, or caused by an autoimmune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or irritable bowel syndrome. Inflammation symptoms can be but are not limited to-
swelling, redness, joint pain and stiffness, warmth, fever, chills, headaches and fatigue.
What can you do to help combat chronic inflammation? There are many remedies you can try- not all are proven and you should always check with your doctor to make sure none of them are contraindicated.
Change to an anti-inflammatory diet. Also, spices such as Tumeric and Cinnamon have natural anti-inflammatory properties. Cutting as much sugar out of your diet and not drinking alcohol. Also cutting out night shades such as tomatoes can help.
Probiotics, icing, exercise, and drugs such as over the counter NSAIDS, prescription corticosteroids, DMARDS (which are antiarthritic drugs) and biologic drugs are other options. There was even a recent small study in which people who have rheumatoid arthritis had Vagus Nerve stimulation to break the inflammation cycle. This is only a short list of ways to treat inflammation- make sure to do your research and ask your doctor before starting any regimen. (WebMD, Arthritis Foundation).