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How to Naturally Reduce Inflammation

Much of a doctor of chiropractic’s work is to reduce inflammation in joints, muscles, and tendons. This is because when the body encounters stress from misalignments in the musculoskeletal system, injuries, allergic reactions, infections, disease, or many other disturbing effects its primary reaction is to become inflamed.

In fact, any kind of sudden disruption of the body’s normal operations is met with inflammation because by becoming inflamed the body protects itself. This natural protective process makes it possible for the body to begin healing and right the imbalance that threw off its equilibrium.

Unfortunately however, its possible for the body to misjudge the severity of a problem affecting its systems and to overreact with inflammation. When this happens and the condition is chronic, inflammation itself becomes the problem and if it continues for a long time, it may lead to conditions like arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzeheimer’s are also thought to be associated with chronic inflammation.

Here are some natural methods to keep inflammation under control:

Consuming omega-3 fish oil - the oils found in cold water fish like tuna and salmon can help to reduce inflammation. They should be eaten about twice a week but omega-3 fish oil can also be taken as a supplement in a tablet or as a liquid. The oil itself has been shown in research to help lower blood pressure, decrease the chances of heart attack and stroke, soothe intestinal problems like Celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease, and bring relief to arthritic pain and rheumatism. 

Eating foods high in Quercetin - onions, parsely, sage, tomatoes, citrus, apples, and berries are all foods high in this yellow tinged organic compound. It can also be bought as a dietary supplement. Research shows that quercetin benefits the cardiovascular symptom, diminishes prostrate inflammation, and wards off cancer.

Adding curcumin/turmeric to dishes - this spice from India also has a yellow tint and is a major component to the distinctive curry flavor. Indian tradition has long recognized its healing powers which are just now becoming acknowledged by mainstream medical science. Studies show that brain disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s respond favorably to curcumin. Cancer cells are destroyed by it and healthy cells function better when they are exposed to curcumin. Arthritic symptoms respond well to curcumin, as well, often times better than medically prescribed medications. When taking curcumin or turmeric with food it's a good idea to combine it with black pepper, which helps it assimilate in the body.

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