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Natural Anti-Inflammatories

Ice.

This one is so obvious is often overlooked

I like to use ice massage as opposed to just applying an ice pack or bag of peas.

If you apply ice straight to the skin you can get an ice burn, but if you ice massage you don't get an ice burn as the ice is moving.

I like to fill a polystyrene cup with water and once it's frozen cut the top centimetre off exposing the ice.

If you can't be bothered with that use an ice cube, hold it in a tea towel and massage the inflamed/painful area.

Only apply ice for around 10 minutes as you get a rebound effect and negate the benefits.


Fish oils

Fish oil contains anti-inflammatory omega 3 essential fatty acids.

As well as being anti-inflammatory they're also good for brain and eye health.

Use 1-3g a day

If you're veggie/vegan you can buy an algae version.


Pineapple

Pineapple contains bromelain , a protein-digesting enzyme known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Even pineapple juice concentrate contain high amounts of bromelain.

Turmeric

Curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and studies have demonstrated it's effects in joint pain as well as helping diabetes and retinal damage.

You can by curcumin in supplement form or use turmeric when cooking cooking to get the benefits.


So there you have it, affordable and easy to access natural anti-inflammatories without the side effects of medication.


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