You’ve just eaten, and once again, you’re clutching a bloated belly, trying to get comfy. The weather is cold outside, and your knee is flaring up. You’re nursing yet another headache, and you always feel tired, no matter how much sleep you get. What if we could tell you it comes down to one thing? Inflammation.
It’s a word you may have heard thrown around in the wellness world. Or perhaps ‘anti-inflammatory diet’ has reached your ears, but you don’t know what it is. Well, we’re here to tell you. In this article, we break down why inflammation could be the key to unlocking your health. And how to reduce inflammation naturally - and fast!
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is an immune response, and it’s when something irritates your cells, causing them to swell. Initially, it’s helpful. Think of a splinter. It gets into your finger, and the skin around it becomes red and inflamed, naturally pushing the splinter out.
This process doesn’t just show on the outside. It happens inside, too. But when your body is constantly inflamed, it can lead to problems.
What Causes Inflammation?
Many different things cause your cells to expand. Excess alcohol consumption, smoking, UV damage, pollution and sugar are just a few reasons. But there are other, more unusual causes.
Arella Beauty’s founder, Laura, manages the lifelong autoimmune condition Crohn’s Disease, which inflames the digestive system. That’s why Laura works tirelessly to create natural anti-inflammatory products.
Signs You Have Inflammation
So, what are the signs that you’re struggling with an inflammatory response? Symptoms include headaches, swollen joints, acne, poor gut health, trouble sleeping, fatigue, irritability or declining mental health.
But you should also take a look at your lifestyle. Are you sedentary a lot of the time? Are you lacking sleep, feeling stressed or living on a sugary diet? If so, you probably have some form of inflammation. But don’t panic. We’re here to give you ways to reduce it.
How to Reduce Inflammation in the Body
You might be scrolling through this article thinking, ‘Oh God. I have inflammation. Is this what it was the whole time? What do I do?!’ There are different severities, and many people want an anti-inflammatory that isn’t ibuprofen. After all, that’s only a short-term solution. The good news is you can reduce inflammation fast. Here’s how.
Eat Foods That Reduce Inflammation
Step one is always looking at whether you have an inflammation diet. What is an inflammatory diet? Well, it’s foods that activate your body’s immune system and irritate cells.
For example, sugar and processed foods that contain artificial substances aggravate your body. They make artery walls balloon, slowing blood flow and putting pressure on the heart. An easy remedy is to cut down on sugary foods and follow an anti-inflammatory diet.
Inflammation reducing foods
Reduce inflammation foods, such as confectionery and fast food and incorporate an anti-inflammation diet. Some of the best anti-inflammatory foods include:
- Beans, legumes and lentils - Red lentil curry, three-bean chilli, and tofu are your anti-inflammatory friends. They work wonderfully to fuel the body and nurture your gut health.
- Watermelon - The juicy watermelon is a fantastic anti-oxidant which soothes cells and shields them from irritants. Arella Rise uses watermelon powder to widen blood vessel walls, increase blood flow and boost your energy.
- Berries - Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are plant-based superfoods and queens at lowering inflammation naturally.
- Seeds - An anti-inflammatory diet should always include seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower, chia and flaxseeds, to calm an aggravated immune system.
Read more: How To Boost Your Immune System In Autumn.
Take Anti-Inflammatory Supplements
Sometimes, your body needs a supplement to alleviate an inflammatory response, but which ones do you choose? An excellent place to start is vitamin D. The sun supplement generates a natural anti-inflammatory to calm swelling and nurture your heart health. It will also increase hair growth and care for your digestive system.
Unfortunately, many people lack vitamin D, but Arella Beauty’s Liquid Collagen is enriched with the sunny supplement to tackle aggravated cells. It also contains a blend of B vitamins, vitamin C and retinol (vitamin A), which contribute to calming your body.
Read more: How to Get More Vitamin D in Winter.
Reduce Inflammation Naturally With Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices
Ayurvedic herbs are plants used in Ayurvedic medicine - an ancient Indian practice that nurtures the body holistically. Specific herbs have been used for centuries to enhance beauty and heal the body. Below are some of the top Ayurvedic herbs and spices for inflammation.
The herb ashwagandha is an adaptogenic that’s fantastic at lowering your stress levels. Stress causes cells to flare up, so taking a therapeutic herb will benefit your body. Ashwagandha is one of the top ingredients in Arella Dream, making it the ideal anti-inflammatory supplement if you struggle with sleep.
Read more: 10 Evening Routine Tips for Better Sleep.
Tumeric is a vibrant orange spice that has potent anti-inflammatory properties. It’s wonderful at increasing blood flow for better energy and mood. Arella Energise contains an infusion of turmeric root powder to eliminate fatigue, making it the ideal coffee replacement.
The root ginseng calms the body, super boosting your brain for laser focus, making it a great morning stimulant. Ginseng for your skin calms irritated acne and protects against collagen loss. That’s why you can find this anti-inflammatory in our Vegan Liquid Collagen.
Embrace An All Natural Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle With Arella Beauty
If you’re struggling with a sore stomach, headaches and tiredness, don’t ignore it. Eat anti-inflammatory foods, supplement your body and incorporate anti-inflammatory herbs for a soothing lifestyle. Nurture your wellness, live pain-free and get rid of inflammation fast with Arella Beauty.
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Written by Emma Carey for Arella Beauty.
Emma is a holistic beauty and wellness writer. She has three years of experience in the well-being industry and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and Wellness. Check out her portfolio and follow her on Instagram.