Inflammation in the body is, in a crude way, like friction in a car engine. Using the wrong oil in a vehicle can damage the engine in the same way that consuming the wrong oils in foods and supplements can harm the body. Like adding sand to the carburetor, some foods, such as salt and sugar, naturally produce inflammation. Potholes, construction, mechanical failure and inattentive drivers can be compared with damage caused to the body by injury, infection, environmental toxins, viral and bacterial pathogens, and simple inattentiveness to our health.
Paying attention to what goes in the body is a critical step in the right direction. Start with adding more raw foods, replacing red meat with fish and lean poultry, getting rid of “white” foods – white potatoes, white flour and white rice – and reducing the amount of processed foods consumed. Replace sugar with natural alternative sweeteners, yellow or blue for white potatoes, yellow, brown or wild rice for white, flours like spelt for wheat and use olive or coconut oil.
Natural herbal anti-inflammatories, such as cat’s claw, garlic, curcumin (from turmeric), ginger, boswellia (frankincense), white willow bark, stinging nettle, cayenne and yucca, can help ease inflammation in the body. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are also critical, along with vitamin C and zinc to reduce inflammation and aid in the healing process, vitamin B to help with tissue repair and Grape Seed extract as a powerful antioxidant. Finally, your body needs “gas” for energy. It is essential to use a good, complete, and balanced multiple vitamin and mineral complex for all your health issues.
Source: Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch, located at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City. For more information, call 405-736-1030, e-mail PawPaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit TheHeathPatch.com.