I have been thinking about and researching our bodies inflammatory response for some time now. I have an interest in it mostly because of a chronic case of eczema that I deal with, that has recently flared and I am working on getting under control.
As many of you know, inflammation is your bodies natural response to injury or an attack of germs. When you are injured, your body sends extra nutrients to the site to aid in its healing process. This is a good thing.
But as we also know, there are things that can step in and make too much of a good thing a bad thing. Inflammation overload happens in autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, where our body begins attacking its own tissues by mistake. We’re not really sure what causes this.
Chronic inflammation is when a person’s body is in a state of low levels of inflammation all the time. Research is showing that this low level of inflammation has a hand in all kinds of ailments from depression to arthritis, skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema and even asthma, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. There is still so much to learn about what low-levels of inflammation is really doing to our bodies, but there are ways we can combat it and help get our bodies in a more balanced state.
What causes our bodies to have chronically low levels of inflammation?
Like so many other things it causes we are talking about genetic predisposition, lack of exercise, stress, environmental toxins like second hand smoke, excessive alcohol, and our diet.
What are some simple steps you can take right now to get ride of excess inflammation?
- Quit smoking
- Cut out alcohol completely or drink only red wine occasionally
- Drink water – NOT soda or other sugary drinks
- Throw away the processed foods and anything containing high fructose corn syrup
- Eat mostly fruits and vegetables throughout your day
- Start eating a whole foods plant-based diet.
A whole foods, plant-based diet is very similar to the anti-inflammatory diets that are out there on the internet right now. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables, a variety of grains, and including beans and legumes in your diet. He also recommends cutting out processed foods and refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup and adding healthy fats like avocado to your meals.
In my EZ Guide which you can get free right here on my website, it gives you everything you need to get started in your journey to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet. I can also personally assist you as your health coach if you want a little hand-holding to learn what foods to eat, how to prepare them, or just to be held accountable to reach a better state of wellness by getting rid of inflammation in your body.
Treating the consequences of inflammation with essential oils like tea tree oil
After getting your bodies’ inflammation under control from the inside out, there are other ways to help topically with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis as they flare up or if you find yourself in really dry climates that don’t always help matters.
One essential oil I find extremely helpful with eczema is Melaleucia (or tea tree oil). Among its many benefits, tea tree oil is an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, expectorant, insecticide and a powerful stimulant. It is a natural source of moisture for the skin which is extremely helpful for dry skin conditions. It can keep your eczema flair ups free of bacteria and infection so that it can heal more quickly.
I recently made my own eczema cream with organic coconut oil which includes drops of essential oils like tee tree oil, lavender and oregano. It really helps keep my eczema under control. When it is particularly bad, I will put a drop of tea tree oil directly on the flair up and then apply the cream. This alone has done better than any over the counter creams and lotions I have bought in the past.
If you want to know more about how to get your own Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade tea tree essential oil, please contact me so that we can get this in your hands right away.
Don’t let inflammation run your cells ragged any longer – start feeling better today!