Chronic Inflammation

Is poorly managed pain and inflammation slowing you down and impairing your quality of life? The feeling of pain is your body’s way of telling you that there is inflammation present. Inflammation is associated with the classic symptoms of pain, redness, heat and swelling. It frequently accompanies injury and tissue trauma, such as sprains, strains, cuts, bites and stings. However, what you may not realise, is that inflammation can be a contributing factor to many health conditions and is a key component in the joint pain of arthritis, headaches, migraine, back pain and muscular aches, digestive disorders such inflammatory bowel disease, period pain, autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves disease and cancers.

The Fire Within

The term inflammation comes from the Latin word, ‘Inflammatio’ which means to set on fire. Inflammation is like a small biological fire designed to ‘burn away’ harmful stimuli such as pathogens, allergens, injury or other irritants. It is a protective mechanism designed to remove these causative factors and initiate the healing response. Unfortunately modern lifestyle factors such as poor diet, stress, lack of exercise, toxin exposure and electromagnetic radiation can ignite, and keep this fire burning.

Inflammation Inside and Out

Inflammation can be easily identified when there are external signs of pain from headaches, arthritis, or joint and muscle injuries. However, inflammation can be occurring inside the body even when the warning signs are less obvious. For example, did you realise that obesity is an inflammatory state? Many digestive disorders such as food intolerances, irritable bowel disease, and coeliac disease are inflammatory conditions.

Food Can Produce or Reduce Inflammation

The typical Western diet may actually promote inflammation; high amounts of sugar and refined carbohydrates break down quickly into glucose and have been shown to induce inflammatory changes that are linked with many chronic diseases. In some susceptible people, foods such as cow’s milk and gluten-containing grains like wheat, oats, rye can trigger an inflammatory response within the digestive tract and throughout the body.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Inflammatory Foods

Good fats from fish, chia seeds, nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, coconut oil

Sugar particularly lollies, cakes, biscuits, pastries, processed breakfast cereals

Fruit and vegetables, e.g. berries, pineapple, garlic, green leafy vegetables, red, orange and yellow vegetables

Processed foods, particularly grains such as wheat, white rice, cows milk, cheese and flavoured yoghurt.

Real fresh unprocessed foods (organic where possible)

Inflammatory fats such margarine, deep fried foods, grain fed meat, farmed fish 

Healing herbs and spices e.g turmeric, ginger, cloves, cumin, coriander, rosemary

Chemicals in foods: pesticides, artificial additives in foods, GMO foods

Fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, yoghurt, miso, tempeh

Excess black tea, coffee and alcohol intake