Just a few weeks ago I hurt my foot.
I wish I had some super cool story like I was hiking the Appalachian trail or rock climbing in the Alps, but what really happened was my favorite song came on the radio, I immediately started to dance, and, BAM, I felt a sharp pain on the bottom of my left foot.
At first I thought, “no biggie”... but after just a few hours I realized I may have done some serious damage.
After a few days of limping, I went to see the doctor.“Isabel, you have a strained tendon in your foot and there’s a lot of inflammation in the area. This will take time to heal.”
Acute and chronic inflammatory conditions include:
- • Injured joint
- • Strained muscle
- • Back pain
- • Osteoarthritis
- • Rheumatoid arthritis
- • Allergies
- • Inflammatory bowel disease
A wave of disappointment came over me. Ugh. Who wants to deal with a foot injury when you’re a busy working mom with so much to do? Surely not me!
The doctor’s next recommendation was that I immediately begin taking 800 mg of ibuprofen 3 times per day.
“800 milligrams??? 2,400 milligrams a day?! That’s more than I think I’ve ever taken in an entire month.” I promise I didn’t say this out loud, but it was exactly what I was thinking.
As much as I was willing to do whatever I needed to heal my foot, I know that high dosages of ibuprofen come with a long list of side effects:
- • Upset stomach
- • Bloating
- • Constipation
- • Heartburn
- • Dizziness
Since I had already experienced these symptoms in the past from just 400 mg of ibuprofen, I knew 6 times the dose would wreak some real havoc on my body.
(Note: If your doctor has made a specific recommendation for you, please follow your doctor’s orders. I am just simply sharing my own experience.)
So I began to think… How else could I tackle this inflammation without having to take so much ibuprofen every day?
I needed to use the 3 most powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients I know of (#3 really being the magic bullet).
3 Powerful foods that fight inflammation:
Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin, which has been found to greatly reduce inflammation inside the body. More and more doctors are now turning to turmeric as a recommendation for arthritic conditions. According to the Arthritis Foundation, "turmeric/curcumin blocks inflammatory cytokines and enzymes" and has been used to treat arthritis in traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine.
In Ginger’s Health Benefits: Fighting Pain, Inflammation, Arthritis, Dr. Leo Galland states,
“Ginger contains dozens of the most potent inflammation fighting substances known, phytonutrients called gingerols. In research done over the past 30 years, science has found support for the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, according to a review published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. The authors note that one early study compared the medicinal potential of ginger to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s).”
By the way, my favorite way to consume turmeric and ginger is the following delicious tea recipe:
Anti-inflammatory lemon ginger turmeric iced (or hot) tea:
Adapted from Audrey at Unconventional Baker
- • 1½ quart water
- • ½ lemon, sliced or rough chopped (or more to taste), rind included
- • 1 Tbsp. ginger root, rough chopped (or more to taste)
- • Dash of turmeric (the more the better, but remember it does have a strong taste)
- • Dash of cinnamon
- • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey (use stevia to greatly reduce the sugar content)
Fill a 2 quart pot about ¾ full with water. Add in lemon, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and sweetener and bring to a boil on the stove. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain into a glass jar. Chill overnight in the fridge for an iced tea (or enjoy hot straight away)!
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Now, last but certainly not least we get to the final (and most powerful) inflammation-fighter...
Omega-3 fatty acids are hands down the best thing for reducing inflammation in your body - they are the magic bullet of anti-inflammatory nutrients. Almost every doctor on the planet is now recommending it to every single one of their patients…for weight loss, heart health, diabetes, and eye health.
On a cellular level, Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit an enzyme that produces prostaglandins, which trigger inflammation. Exactly what you want if you are suffering from any acute pain right now.
I started taking one capsule three times a day of Spring of Life's Omega-3 fish oil supplement to reduce the inflammation causing chronic pain in my foot. I had high hopes knowing that the Spring of Life product line only offers high quality supplements.
Many others are jumping on the anti-inflammatory bandwagon using all-natural solutions. A happy Beyond Diet member used Spring of Life Premium Omega 3 to help relieve the painful inflammation and arthritis in her shoulder. Here's her story:
So how am I doing?
My foot is almost 100% better. It did take a few weeks, but I was able to skip the ibuprofen and use these 3 natural foods instead.