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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)