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AUTOINMMUNITY & INFLAMMATION

Build a strong immune foundation to unlock your body's natural ability to heal and thrive

Immunity and inflammation are closely linked processes in the body's defense mechanisms. While inflammation is a natural response to infections or injuries, chronic inflammation can disrupt immune function and contribute to various health conditions. A balanced immune response involves the coordination of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory processes, regulated by immune cells and signaling molecules. Lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, stress management, and adequate sleep play crucial roles in modulating inflammation and supporting immune health.

Conditions successfully addressed:

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Type 2 Diabetes

Skin conditions

Ashma

Cardiovascular diseases

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SIGNS & SYMPTOMS THAT MAY INDICATE CHRONIC INFLAMMATION 
 

  • Persistent Fatigue: Feeling tired or fatigued even after adequate rest, which can be a sign of ongoing immune system activation.

  • Joint Pain: Chronic inflammation in the joints can lead to stiffness, swelling, and pain, commonly associated with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Digestive Issues: Chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract may manifest as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation, often seen in conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

  • Frequent Infections: Chronic inflammation can weaken the immune system, leading to a higher susceptibility to infections or recurrent infections.

  • Skin Problems: Conditions like psoriasis, eczema, or acne may worsen or persist due to underlying chronic inflammation.

  • Persistent Headaches: Chronic inflammation can trigger headaches or migraines, often accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue or brain fog.

  • Muscle Weakness: Chronic inflammation may lead to muscle weakness or discomfort, affecting mobility and overall physical function.

  • Unexplained Weight Changes: Inflammation can disrupt metabolic processes, leading to unexplained weight gain or weight loss.

  • Mood Changes: Chronic inflammation has been linked to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, manifesting as irritability, low mood, or changes in behavior.

  • Elevated Biomarkers: Blood tests measuring markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) or erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), may be elevated in the presence of chronic inflammation.

 

Chronic inflammation may indicate underlying health conditions that require medical attention and appropriate treatment.

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HOW NUTRITION & LIFESTYLE CHANGES CAN HELP

  • Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, collard greens, and Swiss chard are high in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that help combat inflammation.

  • Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory effects.    

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fish oil supplements or algae-based omega-3 supplements provide EPA and DHA, which have powerful anti-inflammatory effects.

  • Quercetin: A flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables, quercetin supplements have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

  • Resveratrol: Found in grapes, berries, and peanuts, resveratrol supplements have anti-inflammatory effects and may help protect against chronic diseases.

  • Regular Exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity can help reduce inflammation and improve overall health. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week, along with strength training exercises at least two days per week.

  • Adequate Sleep: Prioritizing good sleep hygiene and getting sufficient restorative sleep each night is essential for managing inflammation. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night and establish a regular sleep schedule to support overall health and well-being.

  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Excess body weight, especially visceral fat around the abdomen, can contribute to inflammation and increase the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Adopting a healthy eating plan and engaging in regular physical activity can help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

  • Avoiding Smoking and Limiting Alcohol: Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can both contribute to inflammation and increase the risk of chronic diseases. Quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake can help reduce inflammation and improve overall health.

HOW HERBAL MEDICINE CAN HELP

Incorporating these herbs into your diet as teas, culinary spices, or supplements may help reduce inflammation and support overall health. 

  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Contains curcumin, a compound with strong anti-inflammatory properties, supported by numerous studies for its efficacy in reducing inflammation markers.

  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Contains gingerol and other bioactive compounds that have demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects in both laboratory and clinical studies.

  • Boswellia (Boswellia serrata): Also known as Indian frankincense, boswellia contains boswellic acids, which have shown promising anti-inflammatory properties in studies, particularly in conditions like osteoarthritis and asthma.

  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Contains rosmarinic acid and other antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties, supported by research suggesting potential benefits in reducing inflammation markers.

  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum): Contains cinnamaldehyde and other bioactive compounds that have demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects in preclinical studies, showing promise for managing inflammation-related conditions.

  • Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum): Also known as Tulsi, holy basil contains compounds like eugenol and rosmarinic acid, which have demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects in preclinical studies. Research suggests that holy basil may help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, contributing to its traditional use in Ayurvedic medicine for various inflammatory conditions. 

  • Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum): is a plant rich in resveratrol, a polyphenolic compound known for its potential anti-inflammatory properties. Resveratrol has been studied for its ability to reduce inflammation by inhibiting certain inflammatory markers and pathways in the body.

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“I'm getting on really well, I'm taking your formula & the supplements recommended. My bloating has reduced a lot (throughout my entire body, face & tummy etc), I am able to go to the toilet properly & I have more energy. I am very happy with my progress so far.”

A.C., Birr

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