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Some things to help with inflammation…

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.

turmeric

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

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.

cherries

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.

salmon

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!

 

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What a morning…

Hubby and I had a meeting with the social worker this morning and it was one of our more stressful occasions in this adoption process.  Needless to say at the end of things I feel kind of anxious and really pretty dreadful.  It got me thinking.  Is there anything herbal which can help address anxiety and panic attacks?

panic

I am very lucky, because I have never had a proper, full on panic attack.  People report different symptoms, but often shortness of breath, the idea that you are going to die, feeling like the world is piling in on top of you in about one second flat, are all reported as symptoms.  That does not sound enjoyable in the slightest.  I usually just get anxiety attacks.  For me, these are characterised by me thinking the absolute worst about everything all the time and getting stressed about things that are totally outside of my control.

chamomile

According to my research, there are some natural things that can help with anxiety and panic attacks.  The first of these is Chamomile.  Without doubt it is far and away the best herb to deal with anxiety.  A cup of chamomile tea is just the ticket, but you can also use lavender aromatherapy oils in a burner, or St John’s Wort as a supplement, or Valerian root as a tea as well.  However, one word of caution.  If you are already on anti-anxiety medication be sure to check for interactions just to be on the safe side.  It also goes without saying that you shouldn’t just stop your ongoing medication either.

 

Research has found that Magnesium is necessary in the body to dissipate the effects of traumatic stress that can occur as a result of intense fear or anxiety.  It also helps to undo the bad programming in the brain from previous attacks and can help to create a new brain response to triggering issues.  If you think you might be magnesium deficient, then see if you can get a blood test to make sure, but if you want to keep those levels up, eat lots of green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds.  All of these are excellent sources of magnesium.

oily fish

Our old friends the Omega 3 fatty acids are back again.  They can reduce the effects of stress and anxiety by nearly 20%.  You can either eat more fatty fish or you can take supplements.  It can also help with systemic inflammation over the whole body which can also result from extended periods of stress or anxiety.

 

In addition, change your diet to one full of vegetables with less meat and dairy, reducing fat and sugar as you go, and you can give your GABA levels a boost.  GABA stands for Gamma-amnobutyric Acid, and apparently it helps to calm the firing nerves in the central nervous system.  If you don’t have enough of it, you can experience manic behaviour, alcoholism, anxiety or restlessness.  Also, try and cut out a lot of caffiene from your daily routine.  It is one of the main food triggers for anxiety along with Glutamine.

broccoli

Isn’t it strange?  When feeling anxious, don’t reach for the chocolate.  Reach for the Broccoli.  Anyone got any spare?