Tame the Inflammation

Do you know the feeling of having left your dinner in the oven too long? It’s an initial emotion of terror that you’ve burnt something, shock that you could have done such a thing and total disappointment that the meal has been spoiled.

But even with the burnt dish, somehow you manage. You peel away the burnt pieces, you throw out the dish and opt for something simple or you pick up the phone and order in delivery.

You observe the damage done and quickly move forward to finding solutions. Your family has to eat one way or another right?

The same can be said for your body. If you’ve “over cooked” something in your system with too much inflammation, the result can be damaging to your tissue.

Too much inflammation in your joints can mean arthritis and pain. Too much inflammation in your gut can mean Candida, bloating even more severe consequences down the road like autoimmunity. Too much inflammation around the thyroid can mean thyroid issues etc etc.

The point is, if you’ve realized that you have too much inflammation, it’s time to take action. Just like your family has to eat, you body requires some sort of a solution to remedy the inflammation itself and the damage associated with it.

If we choose to ignore the inflammation, then it can act like a ticking time bomb, eventually lead to diabetes, obesity, depression, autoimmune issues etc.

Here are some simple (and yummy) ways you can start to handle extra inflammation in your body:

1. Cool it: I’m talking about your mood ;)

On a scale of 1-10, what’s your stress level on an average day? If it’s inching toward “10” then your emotional stress may be contributing to your inflammation.

What’s a girl to do about her stress though?

Simple lifestyle tweaks can help to burn off your stress hormone: taking 10 minute walking breaks throughout your work day, or 5 minute mini-exercise breaks (where you get your heart rate up a bit) can help the body burn through excess stress hormone.

You could also adopt a simple breathing exercise. I really enjoy the 10 seconds inhale. 10 seconds hold. And 10 seconds exhale, repeating for a total of 3-10 minutes.

Using certain essential oils can also help to calm your stress levels throughout your day. Some favorites of mine are Lavender, Vetiver and a few blends called Forgive and Peace. A few applications of these beautiful essential oils and my mood shifts completely.

2. Tame inflammation with Food

A couple of foods that I L-O-V-E and highly recommend you incorporate into your day for taming inflammation are tumeric (I like it as a tea latte), green veggies, blueberries and avocados.

Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory and quite enjoyable to use in cooking. However if you want more therapeutic doses, I suggest you whip up a Golden Tea Latte each night before bed. YUM!

Green Veggies like cruciferous are going to help your liver detox more efficiently. A super simple way to make a green veggie plate is to chop up your broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprout and an onion and throw on a baking sheet. Drizzle with Olive Oil or Grapeseed Oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast in oven (I put it at 415 degrees F) for 25 minutes. At the 15 minute mark I suggest you flip the veggies to get them evenly roasted on both sides.

Blueberries are my current obsession. I’ve been following some raw food goddesses on instagram (no I’m not a raw foodie, but I do enjoy incorporating the simplicity of these meals in my weekly recipe schedule) and so many of their recipes have blueberries in them.

You can throw a handful in a gluten-free oatmeal bowl or dress up a chia seed pudding with them. Blueberries also pack a huge antioxidant punch, also supportive of taming inflammation.

You could also add the superfood cacao to your oatmeal, chia seed pudding or any smoothie. No, it doesn’t quite taste like chocolate (sorry) but has a yummy taste and nice crunch. I like to add the cacao to my oatmeal and chia seed puddings too.

Also including plenty of avocados in your diet can help with inflammation. They are loaded with essential fatty acids. Sticking to a diet full of healthy fats can also help to dampen the inflammatory response. If your diet is high in hydrogenated fats however, you can actually perpetuate the inflammatory cascade. Seeds, nuts, wild fish, coconut oil and avocados are just a few healthy fats that I love to fill up with.

3. Use Plant Medicines that can help the body lower inflammation

Frankincense essential oil is one of my favorites to use and recommend whenever inflammation is an issue. Before I stepped into the world of essential oil, I was steeped in the world of herbology. The traditional herb of choice for inflammation is Boswellia. The problem with Boswellia is that it tastes awful! I had a hard time getting patients to take it.

Frankincense however, is the essential oil from the Boswellia plant, and offers many of the same anti-inflammatory benefits. AND because it’s an essential oil, you don’t have to ingest it. You can simple place it over the area of inflammation for benefit.

Other oils to support the body in lowering inflammation are Ginger oil (especially good for the digestive system), Rosemary, Chamomile, Peppermint and a blend I LOVE by doTERRA called DDR Prime.

Melissa Esguerra