In a past blog, we started the Inflammation series. We talked about what inflammation was, the difference between chronic and acute inflammation, and how CBD can help. To recap, inflammation is our body’s defense mechanism to injury or foreign organisms such as viruses or bacteria. It is the body’s way to signal the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue. Inflammation is a good thing, unless it turns chronic. In part 2 of our series, we are going to discuss ways to live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.
CBD has been proven to reduce inflammation but if you are not leading an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, you won’t see the major changes that you would with a well-balanced approach.
- Increase anti-inflammatory foods into your diet - Foods like fruits, vegetables, and foods containing omega 3 fatty acids (like salmon, tuna, walnuts, etc.) Grapes, garlic, olive oil, ginger, and turmeric are also great anti-inflammatory foods. Beware of red meat, egg yolks, refined sugar, and processed carbs while you are trying to reduce inflammation. In a lot of our recipes on our site, we use foods and recipes that fall in line with the anti-inflammatory lifestyle.
- Exercise – Moving your body daily is not only great for your physical health but it also strengthens mental health. Aerobic exercise or weight training is the best, even if you just make time to walk 20 – 30 minutes a day. People who are overweight tend to have more inflammation.
- Managing Stress – Chronic stress contributes to inflammation. This is why CBD is a great addition to your healthy diet and exercise routine. In addition, mindfulness practices such as meditation or breath work help aid the body to feel more relaxed which will lead to less inflammation. (Reference our mindfulness posts for ideas!) We are here to support you in all areas of your health.
Additional inflammation reducing tips:
- Choose animal protein that is organic or grass fed
- Clean up your household product by eliminating products with parabens.
- Ingest probiotics
- Proper rest, get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night