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What are your tips for reducing inflammation?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 30, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Title says it all. I guess I could specify that I mean chronic (systemic) inflammation as opposed to local/temporary inflammation associated with a cut/burn/infection/etc.

Just hoping to pick up some new and interesting ideas (but include the standard techniques too). If you want to, you rate things from most useful to least.

Things you do, eat or avoid doing or eating are fair game.

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on October 29, 2012
at 12:33 PM

Good answer. Only nit pick is the flax seed oil, it's not a very good source of bioavailable omega-3.

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:05 PM

Dan Gables Iowa wrestlers (back in the day) used this technique after practices for up to thirty minutes sometimes from what I use to read.

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:02 PM

I love the alternating hot/cold showers. In the summer our cold water isn't cold enough here in Virginia. By October it should be be nice and cold!

E751dbb140aecc9479b9248891edf584

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:01 PM

This was a recommended technique in the 4-hour body as well. - W

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on August 30, 2011
at 04:48 PM

  1. Eat turmeric. (Now Foods and Jarrow both make a very good standardized curcumin supplement.) This is the closest thing there is to a magic bullet in the fight against inflammation. If you eat turmeric (or curcumin) regularly, you should see an improvement within a few days.

  2. Get your n-3/n-6 ratio balanced. Take cod liver oil or fish oil or flax seed oil if you need to, and avoid store-bought salad dressings. This one may take quite a while to work; it's a long-run thing rather than a short-run thing, but it's worth starting in on as soon as possible.

  3. Avoid modern wheat. This could work quickly, or it may not make much of a difference at all, depending on your individual tolerance.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on October 29, 2012
at 12:33 PM

Good answer. Only nit pick is the flax seed oil, it's not a very good source of bioavailable omega-3.

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Going on a low carb diet was hands-down the best thing for me. You might also try eliminating all dairy and nightshades. (I am assuming that you are already off all grain. If not, eliminate the gluten grains especially.)

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on August 30, 2011
at 03:29 PM

100% gluten-free.

Keep my Vitamin D & magnesium sufficient.

Low Omega 6 intake; stick to mostly eating 100% grass-fed ruminants.

Take 1000 mg Krill Oil for Omega 3.

Get plenty of sleep.

Minimal workouts--BBS-inspired bodyweight workouts 1-2x/week, dance sprints 1x/week, walking 1-2 hours daily.

Do EFT to reduce emotional stress.

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:02 PM

Keep insulin levels low and PUFA consumption low and balanced (Omega 6/3 ratio).

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on August 30, 2011
at 01:50 PM

Post workout alternating 1-2 minute freezing cold and 2-3 minutes very hot shower. Picked this up in sports for reducing lactic acid build up and slightly reducing inflammation. Just throwing it out there since I have a feeling that most the advice will be diet related.

I could probably throw in that I feel this has terrific physiological effect for the organ and musculoskeletal systems by alternately shunting the blood flow to and from each repeatedly. In addition full on cold showers or ice baths are very useful for any musculoskeletal repetitive stress (chronic) or new injury (acute) inflammation.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on August 30, 2011
at 02:05 PM

Dan Gables Iowa wrestlers (back in the day) used this technique after practices for up to thirty minutes sometimes from what I use to read.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on August 30, 2011
at 02:02 PM

I love the alternating hot/cold showers. In the summer our cold water isn't cold enough here in Virginia. By October it should be be nice and cold!

E751dbb140aecc9479b9248891edf584

(101)

on August 30, 2011
at 02:01 PM

This was a recommended technique in the 4-hour body as well. - W

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:55 PM

I take more Omega 3. Circumin has a good reputation for specific inflammatory aches and pains.

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