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Inflammation 101

Hi Everyone!

We normally think of inflammation as, swelling, heat, redness and pain resulting from injury, illness or infection. Truth is, inflammation is one your body’s natural immune responses to help heal and repair the damaged tissue.Some inflammation is good ~ it’s natures way of healing. It’s when we have chronic inflammation that trouble ensues. Our immune systems become compromised and we start to manifest other more serious signs of illness.

How do you know if you have systemic inflammation?

Chronic systemic inflammation means that our immune system is working overtime in an attempt to heal damaged tissue. We experience aches and pains that most of us attribute to “old age.” Or maybe you’ve noticed that your body just isn’t responding to things like ART and Chiropractic as quickly as you think it should? Maybe you seem to get sick a lot, sinus infections, colds, flus, achy joints, perhaps trouble sleeping, GI problems, or when severe you develop autoimmunities or food sensitivities. One way to measure your inflammation levels is to look at blood levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP).

What can you do about it?

Treat the cause – you need to find the root cause, remove it and your immune system will know what to do: Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. There are also some natural remedies for those times when our immune systems need a little support. I like to use essential oils and herbal remedies. Recent research shows that antiseptic essential oils like, tea tree oil, sage, and dill make great alternatives for antibiotics ( see more details in this article). There are two that I recommend:

  • Tea tree oil to combat bladder infections (reply to this email for my personal recipe).
  • Oregano oil as an antiseptic and strong antioxidant that supports immune health (the phytochemicals it contains make it a powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory herb). Read more about the benefits of oregano in this article.

If you feel like you have been suffering from symptoms that could be caused by inflammation,  Just hit reply to let me know. I’ll be happy to help you identify the root cause and find solutions.

Yours in health,
Dr. Michelle

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