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QHow can I re­duce in­flam­ma­tion? In­flam­ma­tion is your im­mune sys­tem’s nat­u­ral re­sponse to a ‘threat’ or trig­ger. If it per­sists, in­flam­ma­tion can be­come chronic and lead to con­di­tions such as rheuma­toid arthri­tis, os­teoarthri­tis, eczema, ir­ri­ta­ble bowel dis­ease, di­a­betes and heart dis­ease. Cru­cial trig­gers in­clude diet, emo­tional stress, en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, smok­ing and al­co­hol. Here are some tips you can try to fight in­flam­ma­tion nat­u­rally: Re­duce trig­gers! In­te­grate turmeric, a top an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory herb, into your diet as much as pos­si­ble. Warm al­mond milk with a tsp of turmeric pow­der and a tsp of cin­na­mon tastes de­li­cious.

Adopt an anti-in­flam­ma­tory or­ganic diet, rich in omega-3 (wild salmon and avocados), an­tiox­i­dant and detox­i­fy­ing foods (cru­cif­er­ous veg and ber­ries), and avoid re­fined su­gar.

Get tested for food in­tol­er­ances, par­tic­u­larly gluten, yeast and dairy.

Use­ful herbs and supplements in­clude omega-3, ser­rapep­tase, brome­lain, turmeric root, devil’s claw, gin­ger, rose­mary and green tea. Natur­opath and Herbal­ist Vera Martins grad­u­ated from CNM (Col­lege of Natur­o­pathic Medicine). CNM trains stu­dents for ca­reers in nat­u­ral ther­a­pies (naturopathy-uk.com)

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