Well, the weekend didn’t kill me, but it did rather feel a close run thing on a couple of occasions. Unfortunately, after 4 months of pretty much constant work, my back did decide to do more than niggle at me. After judicious use of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs (I might be a herbalist in training, but I am not insane… if you need it… USE them!!) and slathering my back in glucosamine gel regularly… I am pleased to report that the back is no longer niggling. Thank goodness.
Pain and inflammation would make the cheeriest soul a total grump. And I am not the cheeriest soul. (My poor husband!). After doing some research for a friend, I have found out quite a lot about the sorts of herbs and foods you should eat to avoid inflammation, so thought I would share them with you.
One of the best herbs for preventing inflammation in the first place is turmeric. There are loads of recipes online about making a milky drink with turmeric to have before you go to bed which apparently will help take your inflammation down. I am not sure about that… but I am quite keen on the idea of using turmeric in food. A little touch of it when boiling rice means you get the coolest yellow colour in it (got to be better than boring white or slightly less boring brown-ish!). Mind you, I am a fan of curries… and when I make one, it usually has turmeric in it!
Apple Cider Vinegar is another drink addition which is good for inflammation. It is actually a wonder ingredient in and of itself, and does more than just attack inflammation (I did a blog about it a while back, but can’t find it just at the moment..!). Drinking a pint of water with a table spoon of cider vinegar in it, three times a day (just before you eat) will really help apparently. Hmmm…. Might try that actually.
Life may not be a bowl of cherries, but I am pretty sure happiness is! I do love cherries… and luckily, my husband is not that keen, so they are mine, all mine! They also have anti-inflammatory properties, something to do with their antioxidant properties. Come to that, tomatoes are the same… though with tomatoes, it is Lycopene which is the star. Anything with colour is great to have when you are fighting inflammation. The more colour, the more antioxidants. The more antioxidants, the more good is done.
And finally, something our Grandmothers all knew and we lost somewhere. Omega 3’s are very, very important. So, those fatty fishes are the ones we are after, particularly salmon. Did your grandmother make you take cod liver oil from a spoon? Yes? Well, it was Omega 3’s she was shoving down your neck. It worked too I bet… you ran off like a whippet from a trap after your dosage too… yes indeed, the magic of Omega 3’s. I think I will continue to take mine in the form of Salmon!