Chronic Inflammation is a serious and growing problem, but there are practical and simple ways to help balance your immune system and protect your body. Here are seven.
Ask your health care practitioner to run labs to discover the balance of your immune system's white blood cells to discover if you're running low on T Regulatory (Treg) cells.
Your gastrointestinal tract holds 80% of your immune system. Help it heal by increasing your intake of anti-inflammatory foods, like sauerkraut, organic chicken broth, kale, ginger and slippery elm tea. Tumeric is another important anti-inflammatory superfood. Lactobacillus probiotics are also critical.
Vitamin A works with Vitamin D to reduce inflammation. Whether you eat food sources rich in Vitamins A and D, take supplements or simply bask in the sun rays to soak up Vitamin D, it's important to know just how much your body is receiving. Dairy fats are a good source of Vitamin D. For added Vitamin C, try liver, fish or fermented cod liver oil.
Sex triggers the hormone oxytocin. Here's research about oxytocin's capacity to help wound healing and increase Treg cell levels.
Sprinkle cinnamon in your cereal, tea, smoothies, and apples. Sodium benzoate, a cinnamon metabolite, increases Treg cells.
Green tea has about 30% catechins. One of the most potent is called ECEG. The anti-inflammatory properties of ECEG have been beneficial to arthritis patients.
Start with coconut milk, berries and greens. Add one teaspoon each of cat's claw, cocoa, turmeric, black cumin seed oil and astralagus. You'll be increasing your Treg cells with every sip!