Acute inflammation is part of the body’s immune response as it works to provide care and protection of tissue. Chronic inflammation is a long-term problem that has been ongoing for months, or even years. The state of chronic inflammation is very destructive to the body and often leads to serious disease.
When the underlying health foundations are weak, the whole body suffers. At Apple Wellness we passionately believe that you can choose supplements that strengthen the base of your health. The five power-packed nutrients that make up the Foundational Five will help build your firm foundation. They are multi-vitamins, probiotics, omega-3 oils, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories.
What Is An Anti-Inflammatory?
When you hear the term “anti-inflammatory” do you immediately think of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)? Oops! That is what we have been “trained” to think. Prescription and OTC drugs are what most people turn to when faced with pain and inflammation.
By definition an anti-inflammatory “refers to the property of a substance, or treatment, that reduces inflammation and/or swelling”. Inflammation causes pain. If inflammation causes pain, we can correlate that an anti-inflammatory will reduce or relieve pain.
There are anti-inflammatory supplements that reduce inflammation naturally. You can avoid drugs and their side effects.
The risks associated with the most commonly used anti-inflammatory drugs are: gastrointestinal bleeding, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney damage, increased risk of miscarriage during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, liver disease and liver damage.
Who Needs An Anti-Inflammatory?
All of us need an anti-inflammatory from time to time. But there are some specific reasons you might need to supplement with this important nutrient.
Do any of these apply to you?
- Pain in the body
- Currently dealing with a disease condition
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- High environmental toxin load
- Genetic disease predisposition (such as Alzheimers, heart disease, diabetes, etc.)
Something else to consider is that many diseases have inflammation at their root. They begin with inflammation and progress to serious degenerative conditions. Some of these are cancer, IBS, type-2 diabetes, auto-immune disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, arthritis, skin disorders, and infertility.
You can see that eliminating inflammation before it becomes chronic is an important step in avoiding serious disease.
What Are Anti-Inflammatory’s health Benefits?
- Relieves Pain
- Relieves Inflammation
- Reduction of Digestive Issues
- Mood Enhancement
- Relieves Depression
- Strengthen the Immune System
- Detoxification Support
Isn’t Food A Better Source?
To incorporate anti-inflammatory foods in your diet you would move toward an ancient Mediterranean style diet. This would be one filled with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, small amounts of red meat, and an abundance of omega-3 foods. Some of the top anti-inflammatory foods include: broccoli, bok choy, green leafy vegetables, beets, blueberries, and pineapple.
Even more important than including anti-inflammatory foods in your diet is eliminating foods that promote inflammation. Change your diet and remove: sugar, conventionally raised meat and dairy, refined carbohydrates, vegetable (crop) oils, eggs, foods from the nightshade family (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant).
What to Look For In An Anti-Inflammatory Supplement
- Research Supported: There is a multitude of research supporting the role of anti-inflammatories in the body. Look for products that have human clinical trials backing up their claims.
- Solubility: To achieve maximum benefit from your supplement, choose one that is both water and fat soluble.
- Form: It should be in its highest bioavailable form. This ensures that it will be available and easily assimilated by the body.
We all want to find relief from pain and inflammation. We also want to avoid serious degenerative disease that results from chronic inflammation. The anti-inflammatory “brick” in the Foundational Five support structure can impact your health, or lack of health, in the years to come. Let’s spend our future enjoying a healthy life.
If you need more information on anti-inflammatory supplements, or any of the other nutrients included in the Foundational Five, contact us or stop at our store, located in Madison, Wisconsin. Our Apple Wellness team offers their expertise as a resource on your journey to “Find Your Healthy Place”.
This is written as an informational guide and is not meant to replace professional medical care.