The key to controlling an Autoimmune condition is to keep the immune system under control. We can do this by controlling inflammation! With the AIP Diet working on suppressing allergic reactions to food sensitivities, we can also use natural herbs to fight inflammation.
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Two Sticks of Cinnamon
Two Large Turmeric Roots
Two Large Ginger Roots
3 Lemons or Limes
Take the Tumeric and Ginger and chop it up in a blender. Use a slow cooker or crockpot and throw in the Cinnamon sticks and sliced Lemons. Use a grinder to sprinkle in Black Pepper which amplifies the Cuminum benefits in the Tumeric. Simmer the solution in filtered water for at least eight hours. Strain the liquid through a screen or if using powder ingredients use a filter. I think it's very yummy but for others, it is an acquired taste. The good thing is you can drink it all day and the anti-inflammatory properties are amazing. Not to mention it may prevent Cancer! And If you put in a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother) you will also have your Prebiotics too!
The following are also gifts from mother nature we can use to combat inflammation and get us back on the road to healthy!
This special natural compound which is extracted from pineapple and contains several proteolytic enzymes that have been shown to short-circuit multiple pain pathways in the body. It has been studied
extensively since its discovery in 1957 and hundreds of studies have shown it to reduce inflammation, reduce and prevent swelling and remove waste and toxins from the blood. For example, in one study,
patients taking Bromelain experienced significant reduction in pain and swelling.
Papain is unique in that it’s been shown to actually attack tumor cells and boost the immune system! It also contains a wide range of proteolytic enzymes and works by breaking down proteins. In studies, it has been shown to be effective in the treatment of numerous conditions such as diabetes, herpes, cancer and digestion issues like bloating and chronic indigestion. It’s an enzyme very few people have enough of, yet if they did, would reduce the frequency of a lot of common diseases and disorders!
Numerous studies have proven its effectiveness in reducing pain and inflammation. In fact, one study found that Devil’s Claw was as effective in treating arthritis pain as the common drug, phenylbutazone which is so strong it’s even used to treat pain in horses! There have also been several studies on humans which show that Devil’s Claw is as effective as COX-2 inhibitors... without the deadly side effects!
A series of studies completed in Germany found that the main ingredient in Devil’s Claw was indistinguishable from Vioxx in the treatment of chronic arthritis pain!
One of the most widely used herbs in Indian medicine, it has been used for centuries by traditional Indian healers to reduce arthritis pain and inflammation. Hundreds of studies have been done proving its effectiveness. In addition to being a powerful and safe, natural anti-inflammatory; Boswellia has also been shown to support healthy blood circulation.
Found naturally in a variety of plants and fruits, this flavanoid has been shown to have a strong anti-inflammatory effect due to it’s powerful anti-oxidant activity.
Reducing your inflammation leads to changes throughout your entire body. Changes such as: a reduction of arthritis pain, increased circulation and dozens of other health benefits which ramp up your energy!
Citrus bioflavonoids aid in the absorption of vitamins and act as important anti-oxidants. They also inhibit collagenase and elastase, the enzymes responsible for the breakdown of connective tissue. That way your joints and ligaments stay as healthy as when you were a teenager.
In addition to protecting connective tissues, they also protect against free radical damage.
Mojave Yucca (root)
The Mojave Yucca root has more benefits than you can shake a stick at!
These improvements in your health include: migraine relief, decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, better digestion, the reduction of muscle spasms, improved blood circulation, treating various skin conditions and healing wounds. It even promotes shiny, healthy hair.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and can be found throughout the muscles, bones, tendons and skin. Not only does it provide the skin with elasticity and strength, but it also promotes cell turnover and keeps the bones and joints healthy and strong. Unfortunately, collagen production starts to slow down as we get older, leading to signs and symptoms of aging such as wrinkles, joint pain and sagging skin.
Luckily, some research shows that supplementing with collagen may be able to help. In fact, promising studies show that collagen can help support skin health, joint health and even bone health in older adults.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat that are essential to many different aspects of health, especially when it comes to inflammation and immunity. They’re also considered a form of “essential fatty acid,” meaning that you need to get them from food sources as your body is unable to produce them all on its own. Unless you’re squeezing in at least two servings of fatty fish per week into your diet, there’s a good chance you may be missing out on this key nutrient. Taking an omega-based supplement such as fish oil, is an easy and effective way to round out your diet while also ensuring that you’re getting the omega-3 fatty acids that you need.
Produced by simmering the bones, tendons and ligaments of animals over a period of several days, bone broth contains a concentrated amount of healing compounds such as collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine.
Studies in humans and animals show that bone broth and its components
can support joint and skin health and may help retain muscle mass and
strengthen the lining of the intestinal tract.
Here's two gems that you can boost by purchasing in extract or essential oil form.
Turmeric has the unique ability of using its antioxidant powers to seek out and destroy free radicals in the body which contribute to pain and swelling. In a recent study at the prestigious Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center in New York; they found that Turmeric was more safe and precise than aspirin in stopping inflammation by shutting down the COX2 enzyme responsible for arthritis.
Used for over 2,500 years in Asia, Ginger has been used to treat nausea and to reduce arthritis pain and inflammation. It works by decreasing the number of prostaglandins, which are what cause you to feel arthritis pain. In other words, it does what NSAID’s and prescription arthritis pain meds do, but in the way nature intended... instead of forcing it and causing side effects!