5 Easy Ways to Reduce Inflammation In The Body
Inflammation is a word that is getting thrown around like crazy lately - and that is because our society is chronically inflamed. Think about the amount of stress our environment goes through, the stimulus we are exposed to almost 24/7.
It’s hard to escape stress, pressure, and chemicals, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t impossible. That doesn’t mean that you can’t take steps to reduce inflammation in your body. You 100% can - and today I’m going to share with you FIVE different easy ways that you can start.
For those that have been following me for a while, you already know the battles I’ve fought with inflammation. A few months ago, my face broke out in cystic acne - all food-induced stemming from the gut. Before that, I was chronically stressed at my corporate job and dealt with migraines every other week.
While at first glance acne and migraines seem like entirely different beasts to conquer, they both stem from inflammation. Inflammation is really your bodies way of saying “HEY! Something is not functioning correctly, pay attention to me and MAKE CHANGES!” If this is your first time reading about inflammation, know that your body is simply trying to communicate with you and it’s up to you to create actions and habits that heal the body and get it back into balance.
Inflammation does NOT have to be your new normal, so let me know what you think of the following practices + tips. Have they worked for you? Are these entirely new?
1 - CBD Oil
I’ve been taking a CBD oil supplement daily for the past month and the reduction of inflammation is shocking. I have dealt with a number of injuries from yoga and from time to time my lower back, rhomboids, and shoulder muscles get seriously inflamed. Like, tossing back and forth all night inflamed. It’s uncomfortable as hell. I use Athletix CBD Oil because it has recovery vitamins in it like magnesium, glutamine, zinc and vitamin B.
Why CBD: Scientific and clinical research has found that CBD is a potential treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis (inflammation), chronic pain (inflammation), and more (likely inflammation!). We all have the endocannabinoid system inside of us, which is responsible for a large majority of the communication in the nervous system in our body through different receptors in our central nervous system. If our endocannabinoid system is not regulating the nerve receptors in our bodies correctly, then our health can be thrown off track - insert inflammation. CBD is a supplement that helps to regulate the endocannabinoid system so that our body can manage pain and inflammation more effectively.
2 - Lymphatic Drainage
Before this year, I really had no idea about the lymphatic system and how integral it is in essentially every function in the body. I first experienced lymphatic drainage through a service called Electro Lymphatic Therapy this week at Living Water Wellness in San Diego and it was INSANE the amount that I was able to flush through my body. Paired with a colonic and infrared sauna (all offered at Living Water Wellness) I felt like a million bucks the next day. I HIGHLY recommend trying this at least 3 times over the course of a month (that’s what they recommend as a minimum) and see how you feel. If you are local to San Diego, go to Living Water Wellness and mention me (or ava2019) for a discount on your service!
Why Lymphatic Drainage: The lymphatic system runs through our entire body and if there are blockages in the body, the lymph nodes will swell up causing inflammation. This showed up for me as acne, migraines, and muscle soreness. The lymphatic system carries double the amount of liquid in our body than blood, yet there is no pump to keep to fluid moving so activities like Electro Lymphatic Therapy are incredibly effective in getting the lymph flowing again.
3 - Meditation
Meditation has been the biggest game changer when it comes to chronic stress. I meditate every single morning and the days that I skip I am noticeably more irritable and reactionary. Shit gets to me. AND I also have racing thoughts at night if I don’t meditate! It’s only 3-5% of your day when you meditate for 15-20 minutes - why wouldn’t you spend that little amount of time nourishing your most important organ in the body - the brain!
Why Meditation: Countless studies have shown different forms of meditation to reduce stress and anxiety - both huge causes of inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation = chronic stress. When you meditate, you are slowing down the mind, moving into a state of rest, and allowing your body and mind to recover from the constant go-go-go we experience with eyes open.
4 - Celery Juice
Every AM when I wake up, I scrape my tongue, brush my teeth, wash my face, then head to the kitchen to drink 16oz of celery juice. It doesn’t taste like fresh squeezed OJ, but damn does it clear things out. After a week straight of this routine, you will 100% see a difference. I am more glowy, my skin is clearer, and I feel more energized.
Why Celery Juice: Celery juice has major anti-inflammatory properties. Celery contains luteolin, a potent flavonoid, that can act as an antioxidant and calm inflammation. It also detoxifies the body by keeping you fluid, if you know what I mean. Again, drink it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning to see the most impact.
5 - Cupping + Acupuncture
I used to get acupuncture and cupping done weekly when I had migraines because both practices fight inflammation. They are both actually quite relaxing and definitely make me stop to breathe intentionally. I recently got both from a local clinic in San Diego (If you live in SD, check out Taylor Made Acupuncture) and learned so much about how the practices stimulate the lymphatic system, bring toxins to the surface and release tightness or tension in the body that is caused by inflammation.
Why Cupping + Acupuncture: Acupuncture and cupping can reduce inflammation in the body by affecting the body’s cytokines, which are proteins released by the immune system that influence the way cells interact. Certain cytokines promote an inflammatory response, and acupuncture has been shown to reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines and increase anti-inflammatory cytokines. Both acupuncture and cupping also help stimulate the release of endorphins to further reduce pain levels.