Nature’s Ibuprofen…..Reducing Your Aches and Pains

Posted on 03/23/2015 in Wellness

Are you suffering from a chronic health condition or daily aches and pains? So many people suffer daily and feel like it’s just the cards they were dealt or just what happens with aging. I have news for you: a long life filled with health and vitality is our birth-right and you don’t have to live like this! There is often one common cause underlying these conditions: INFLAMMATION.  Fortunately, nature has provided us with some of the best ways to reduce chronic inflammation so we can feel better and live more productive lives.

Inflammation is actually an important part of how the body fights infection and heals injury. However, if the body doesn’t know to turn this process down or off, it spirals and becomes a chronic condition—–making you feel miserable!

Hypertension, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, psoriasis, lupus, IBS, chronic back and neck pain, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and aging are also related to a pro-inflammatory state……meaning internal inflammation is at play. The causes of chronic inflammation are multiple and for many result from a combination of nutritional imbalances, environmental toxins, chronic stress and pathogens. What you eat, breath, absorb and how you think and feel, all play a critical role in reducing and preventing inflammation

So, what should you do? Advice that I share with all of my patients is that your diet can either cause inflammation or fight inflammation. Every bite you take can either be helpful or harmful, essentially.

Common Inflammatory Foods that should be avoided as much as possible are:

  • “Bad Fats”: Trans Fatty Acids /Hydrogenated oils (found in many packaged snack products and fried fast foods).
  • Refined Sugars, synthetic and artificial sweeteners (like high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, saccharin), and “white” or highly refined flours
  • Processed Meats and meat products preserved with synthetic or artificial preservatives like sodium nitrates or nitrites and were factory farmed.
  • Red Meat …..wait! Read on before you curse my name. (grass fed beef, bison and lamb is less inflammatory because the fat content is different. Look for these in your local health food store).

Common Anti-Inflammatory Foods…. Nature’s Ibuprofen:

Organic berries and all fruits and vegetables because they contain various photochemicals like antioxidants (vitamins C, E, beta-carotene and various minerals), bioflavonoids (like quercitin, limonene, hesperidin), and fiber which is needed for daily elimination of waste and support the healthy balance of the micro flora of the digestive tract.

Grown women should aim for at least 7 servings a day and men should get 9. A serving is between ½ – 1 cup. The more COLORS the better!

Herbs and spices are showing some very promising research in reducing inflammation and are a culinary delight! They add flavor and powerful anti-inflammatory punch to your dishes!
Turmeric (contains curcumin)
Green tea
Holy Basil

For more information or help with your particular condition, contact Lauren at

In Good Health……

Lauren Hurst Acupuncture