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5 natural ways to fight inflammation

Fight it
Fight itDestinee Coleman

Are you or someone you know suffering from chronic inflammation? Do you seem to put and keep on water weight? Have you felt as if your body is swollen to the point of physical and aesthetic discomfort. Is the anti-inflammatory medication just not working and would you like to try a more natural remedy? If you have answered yes to any of these, there may be a solution.

According to Medical News Today, "Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process." Have no fear! Your body is trying to help you. That being said, before you begin any of these tips, please consult your doctor. Chronic inflammation may be caused from your body attempting to protect its self.

Now that you have complete medical clearance, you may begin using these five natural ways to fight inflammation.

The first and easiest tip would be to drink more water. Try to drink at least a gallon of water a day. Why water? As most know, water allows the body to flush out the toxins. This is why when one drinks water, the drinker has to urinate much more frequently. You may have inflammation because you're not drinking enough water. Your body may be retaining water because it needs more liquids. Any person can benefit to drinking more water. Give it a try and see what happens.

The second tip would be to change your diet. Any person in the health and medical field will express how important it is to maintain a healthy diet. A diet does not have to be any of the fads that are out today. A diet is the behavior of the food you consume. The Standard American Diet, which is ironically named SAD, is not a healthy diet, yet it is still called a diet. Many people become fearful when the D-word is thrown around so it is important to take that fear away. Ask your doctor what type of diet is best for you. It's important to stress "you" because every one is different, every body is different.

Many people have benefited from a raw vegan diet. Having a raw vegan diet allows yourself to eliminate many of the chemicals and toxins in your diet. If you're unsure about the raw vegan diet then please click here for more information. Adding spicy food and turmeric to your diet is also a huge help.

Another amazing tip to fight inflammation is to work out. Fitness along with a healthy diet will improve the life of anyone. Lifting weights are great but for inflammation try adding more cardio workouts. Running for at least 30 minutes a day or walking for an hour allows your body to sweat. Where there is sweat there is a release in a build up of toxins. As said in the beginning of the article, your body may become inflamed due to not being properly hydrated. Drink plenty of water and workout. You will see a dramatic change.

Working out is a holistic experience. Not only is it benefiting the physical body but also the mental body. There are a number of peer-reviewed articles that state the importance of fitness with stress. Stress is a huge factor of inflammation. Our bodies are amazing. Our bodies are not incompetent. When we hold on to tension in our mind, our body holds it as well. De-stressing will allow you to cope and to ease your inflammation. Mediation, yoga and therapy are all great natural stress relievers. Another huge component of your stress may be the people in your life. Examine your life and figure out the ones that are causing you pain or anxiety. Cut them out of your life. You should never feel bad for cutting out negative people in your life. If you honestly cannot rid yourself of these people, then love them from a distance. Your health is important. Do not forget that. Read this blog post and ask, "Am I honoring myself?"

Lastly, you should look into compression clothing. Often times, the body can become inflamed because of the lack of blood flow. If your blood is pooling down to your feet, you body will try to protect itself by any means necessary. There are a wide variety of compression clothing that are available. Not only are they comfortable, but they are also discrete and stylish.

Please consult your doctor before trying any of these and use common sense. Your doctors have years of experience and practice, you have google. Safety first!