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Inflammation is part of the body’s natural response to injury and infection. While identifying internal inflammation can be difficult, skin health often provides a window to overall health. Acne, rashes, and swelling can offer warning signs of serious inflammation inside your body. In fact, chronic inflammation can signal such diseases as diabetes, heart disease, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, and lupus.
The primary body system involved in inflammation is the immune system. The lifestyle choices you make may be able to support your immune system to help reduce inflammation. Learn to recognize the top 6 signs of internal inflammation and then consider the strategies below.Get the Free E-Book
Sleep and Meditation
Loss of sleep can prompt your immune system to turn against healthy tissue and organs. Losing sleep for even part of one night can trigger the key cellular pathway that produces tissue-damaging inflammation. A good night’s sleep can ease the risk of both heart disease and autoimmune disorders.
In addition, meditation can play a role in helping to reduce inflammation by doing more than just calming the mind. Evidence suggests that body-mind practices dampen the activity of genes associated with inflammation, possibly reversing molecular damage caused by stress.
Strongly consider adopting a low-histamine, anti-inflammatory diet consisting of nutrient-rich foods that reduce inflammation and inflammatory responses, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and herbs and spices.
An anti-inflammatory diet usually contains high amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants are reactive molecules in food that do the following:
- Reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
- Prevent, delay, or repair some types of cell and tissue damage.
- Reduce the number of free radicals, which are molecules in the body that may damage cells and increase the risk of certain diseases.
Reduce Inflammation with Plant-based Support
After you have adopted these lifestyle strategies, consider finding additional anti-inflammation support through plant-based dietary supplements, such as Paeonia lactiflora and Cistus incanus. These all-natural herbal teas and extracts may help you reduce inflammation.
Paeonia lactiflora extract, also known as White Peony, is valued for its healing and rejuvenating powers. Its main use is in providing support to help reduce inflammation in a healthy, non-toxic way. It shows antispasmodic properties and works with the immune system to help decrease inflammation and soothe nerve pain. Read what Frontiers in Pharmacology has to say about Paeonia’s anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects, then read the Paeonia FAQ.
One common use of Cistus incanus herbal tea involves application of the tea leaves as a topical treatment. It’s often used externally to cleanse the skin and ameliorate maskne, eczema, and psoriasis. You can also use it as an antidandruff shampoo. The tea can even be used as a biofilm-busting mouthwash. The polyphenols in Cistus may destroy free radicals, inhibit the formation and development of inflammation, improve energy, and help protect the cardiovascular system. Read the Cistus FAQ.
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