- Knowing how to reduce inflammatory responses can greatly improve wellness in daily life
- Some simple ways to reduce inflammation are walking barefoot, drinking tea, and taking a cold shower
- Also, think of ways to reduce stress and be mindful of food
Inflammation is that sinister culprit no one talks about but everyone deals with. When our bodies are inflamed, whether in the acute or chronic form, it is a sign that our immune systems are under attack.
The more subtle occurrences seem so common, we don't even think to learn more about how inflammation is impacting our overall well being. I have become more aware of inflammation in my own body in part due to my husband dealing with autoimmune issues, and the way allergic reactions and stress have an effect on me. Knowing how to reduce inflammatory responses has become a game changer in improving wellness in my daily life. I'd like to share some of these simple ways to reduce inflammation in hopes they will add to your journey to whole health!
Walk barefoot on the earth. One of my favorite ways to bring stress levels and inflammation down is to 'ground.' When you walk barefoot on damp soil, grass or sand, the earth below acts as a conductor and begins to draw out from your body the excess electrical charges flowing through your body. This may be why we feel so much lighter and relaxed after a few hours walking on the beach. It's a day of grounding! Grounding is a simple and effective way to combat inflammation encourages connectivity with nature.
Drink anti-inflammatory tea. Tumeric root is the source of curcumin, which has long been understood to carry anti-inflammatory and antioxidative characteristics. Pair tumeric with ginger root and you have a dynamic duo ready to combat our inflammation and digestive ailments one tea bag at a time. Drinking tumeric tea not only allows for an easy and flavorful way to ingest incredible health benefits, but the basic act of brewing tea and sipping while hot can itself be a very relaxing ritual to overcome the onset of an inflammatory response.
Be mindful of your diet. Allergic reactions to foods are a common source of an inflammatory response. For example, while I have not been told I am allergic to dairy, I do notice that consuming dairy is usually followed by irritation where I have eczema on my skin. I did not become aware of this connection until I tried eliminating the most commonly understood inflammatory foods and slowly working them back into my diet to track my immune system's response. Our digestive system is understood to be one of the key indicators of health, as studies show the source of inflammation can be traced back to our gut health. The more you can be aware of the relationship between your body and what you eat, the better equipped you will be to strengthen your immune system and prevent inflammation.
Take a cold shower. Cold water does wonders especially for inflamed muscles by triggering the lymphatic system to pump out the build up of fluids, which has a direct positive impact on our immune system. It may be difficult to tackle the ice-cold finish at first, but every once in a while consider turning the shower knob from hot to cold for a few minutes, and notice a refreshing difference in the way your body feels!
Learn how to reduce stress-inducing interactions within your environment. Stress engages the sympathetic nervous system and results in anxiety, nervousness, or in some extreme cases, a flight or fight response. When your natural state has become a stressed state, the impact on the physical body and emotional health can be detrimental. Inflammation follows a weakened immune system. If I could encourage one practice to follow for whole health is to become aware of the key stress factors and responses in your daily life. How does your perspective, emotions and body interplay with each other when stressed? Reducing inflammation first begins with a heightened awareness of the inner workings of your body and an appreciation for nature and its innate healing design.