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Understanding how inflammation works within the body

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Understanding inflammation

Inflammation is a defense mechanism of the body. When the body is affected by harmful or irritating stimuli (e.g. damaged cells, pathogens, etc.), it responds by trying to remove them and then begins to heal itself. The signs and symptoms of inflammation indicate that the body is trying to heal itself. Symptoms of inflammation include pain, redness, swelling, heat, and immobility. Inflammation forms part of the body’s immune response.

So, what exactly causes inflammation?

The immune system triggers a number of physical reactions as a response to physical injury or infection. Inflammation can be caused by an infection but does not necessarily mean an infection is present.

The onset of acute inflammation is rapid and it becomes severe in a short period of time. Acute inflammation lasts for a few days. Examples include acute bronchitis, sore throat as a result of cold or flu, scratches in the skin (which can cause inflammation), dermatitis, tonsillitis, acute appendicitis, etc.

Which products should I be using for my Pain and Inflammation?

CBD Tincture or Capsules

For pain and inflammation, it is advised to take full spectrum Cannabis oil tincture or capsules as these contain a variety of terpenes, and cannabinoids (active ingredients in cannabis) work more effectively and quicker together than any single compound. The anti-inflammatory effects are longer-lasting. A topical CBD balm or cream can also be applied directly to the sight of the pain and may assist with pain relief.

Moringa Leaf powder

Moringa leaf powder is an easy and effective way to supplement moringa on a daily basis. It provides you with the necessary phytonutrients required to fight pain and inflammation. It is easily absorbed and can be taken with water or juice. Moringa seed capsules can also be taken as they are also potent antioxidants and contain isothiocyanates which help to fight inflammation

Make healthy food choices

Our diets play an important role in chronic inflammation because our digestive bacteria release chemicals that may spur or suppress inflammation. The types of bacteria that populate our gut and their chemical byproducts vary according to the foods we eat. Some foods encourage the growth of populations of bacteria that stimulate inflammation, while others promote the growth of bacteria that suppress it.

Fortunately, you are probably already enjoying many of the foods and beverages that have been linked to reductions in inflammation and chronic disease. As long as you are not allergic to any of these foods or beverages, they include the following:

  • Fruits and vegetablesMost fruits and brightly colored vegetables naturally contain high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols — potentially protective compounds found in plants.
  • Nuts and seeds. Studies have found that consuming nuts and seeds is associated with reduced markers of inflammation and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  • Beverages. The polyphenols in coffee and the flavonols in cocoa are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea is also rich in both polyphenols and antioxidants.
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