The majority of us right now have a problem with inflammation from plaque build-up to scar tissue in the body. Fibrin is produced naturally as part of our healing mechanism in the body. If you cut yourself, fibrin is produced in excess to heal the tissues concerned.
The excess which is not used in the healing process must then be broken down in the body through enzymes. Unfortunately just taking anti-inflammatories is not the answer, yes for sure for short term pain relief they can work wonders but if the underlying cause is not treated or corrected the problem remains only getting increasingly worse over time.
Having sufficient enzymes in the body is the bodies own way of dealing with inflammation but age, stress, medication and poor diets hamper this natural process. There are two types of enzymes in the body, Digestive and proteolytic enzymes.
We are only born with and produce a finite amount of enzymes in our lives. Some people have more than others, in those with less enzymes disease and chronic problems set in earlier in life. This is where diet and specific systemic or proteolytic enzyme supplements play a crucial role as well as reducing inflammatory foods in the diet like wheat, gluten, sugar, alcohol etc. When I work with people in person I can be much more specific as each person will have different needs.
Some things you can try for yourself are as follows:
- Ensure the body is well hydrated at all times
- Ensure you have sufficient intake of essential fatty acids, this is crucial as a deficiency in fatty acids leads onto deficiencies in other nutrients as the essential fats keep the cell walls supple which allows the cell to uptake other nutrients. Good fats like coconut oil, flax seed oil, avocado oil, hemp seed oil etc and wild fish along with nuts and seeds are all good sources to help in reducing inflammation in the body.
- Other things like cayenne pepper, turmeric, pineapple (has a specific enzyme bromelian, which has great inflammation reducing benefits) ginger is also marvelous and is a natural anti-histamine and antioxidant too.
- Manage stress levels, this is vitally important as stress upsets the acid alkaline balance of the body and also creates toxic stress hormones which can affect the body in numerous different ways from excess tiredness, to pain, to serious health problems such as cancer, heart problems etc.
- Increase your intake of vegetables as these are alkaline forming for the most part. High acidity in the body and diet will increase inflammation.
- Keep fit and keep your body moving no matter what, every little helps.