8 Ways to Protect Your Body from Chronic Inflammation and its Painful Damages [Episode #724]
This week’s topic is: 8 Ways to Protect Your Body from Chronic Inflammation and its Painful Damages
As we move through life, we want to be aware of our bodies, our minds, our spirits, staying as resilient as possible and protecting our vitality as much as possible. In this way, we are able to continue marching forward into growth realization, living our potential, living our purpose, and simply enjoying life.
And chronic low grade inflammation in particular creates a lot of wear and tear in our bodies and our joints. It can lead to pain and aches, and is a real detriment and distraction on our path. This is because it keeps us really embroiled in the density of the body, where we want to integrate our embodied experience with a spiritual experience. One of enjoying connecting to the love and peace inside of us, manifesting and creating what we want. We want to keep our bodies really healthy and resilient for this reason, because they are our temples as we move through life on this plane.
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Namaste loves and welcome back to our Thursday Q&A podcast. Our topic this week is a really important and practical one, 8 Ways to Protect Your Body from Chronic Inflammation and its Painful Damages. So as we move through life, we want to be aware of our bodies, our minds, our spirits, staying as resilient as possible, protecting our vitality as much as possible. In this way, we are able to continue marching forward into growth realization, living our potential, living our purpose, simply enjoying life. And chronic low grade inflammation in particular creates a lot of wear and tear in our bodies, our joints. It can lead to pain and aches, and it is a real detriment, a real distraction on our path because it just keeps us really embroiled in the, in the, you know, the density of the body, where we want to integrate our embodiment, our embodied experience with a spiritual experience of enjoying connecting to the love and peace inside of us, manifesting and creating what we want. So we wanna keep our bodies really healthy and resilient for this reason, because they are our temples as we move through life on this plane. So I’m very excited for our show today.
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Question around the topic of: 8 Ways to Protect Your Body from Chronic Inflammation and its Painful Damages: I often feel very stressed out and have a lot of inflammation in my body and anxiety issues. I have been told that a new spiritual practice can help with my issues. What are your thoughts?
All right, let’s get into our show this week and our question comes from Summer, Who lives in Colorado the summer. Thank you so much for being part of our community. I appreciate you participating and also writing in, because a lot of people, a lot of us have the same questions. So sending you love out there. Your question is, I often feel very stressed out and I have a lot of inflammation in my body and anxiety issues. I’ve been told that a new spiritual practice can help with my issues. What are your thoughts?
So thank you so much, my love. I think that everything is connected very much, and this is why we have our four cornerstone philosophy, which we emphasize with all of these topics, including inflammation, bloating, waking, skin issues, relationship issues, you name it, everything is related. So as well, food, body, emotional wellbeing, spiritual growth, inflammation is something that, it’s like an irritation. It’s this constant, um, energy in the body. And so it is a complex issue that it’s multifaceted. We’ll get into a little bit of the research first, as we usually do on the show, and then we’ll go into some real tips and tools and strategies that you can take away to apply to your own life because most all of us have a level of inflammation that we need to work to balance, to create optimal health in our lives.
Tip #1 To Reduce Inflammation: Mindfulness meditation
So what’s interesting is that people suffering from chronic inflammation, inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma have found, and this is again in our show notes, there is mindfulness meditation techniques that have been shown to actually benefit these conditions. Another, another research, uh, re more research also showed that adults who had a lot of stress in their lives conducted a three day mindfulness meditation retreat program, and found that after the program, their brain scans had increased benefits in terms of, um, default mode, network attention, uh, positive attention, relaxation. And this was, this showed consistency for four months after the program ended. So the people in the program did three days and then they maintained some of the practices and there was actual benefits that showed. So this is really powerful. They’re showing that in other research, mindfulness training has been shown to lower the levels of interlukin at six, which is a biomarker of inflammation.
So we’re finding that the biomarkers which show up in blood, they show up in the body, can actually be reduced when we engage in these powerful practices of our own will, which don’t involve pharmaceutical medicine. They don’t involve necessarily having to go on a fancy retreat travel, but rather we start to engage in regular meditation. We sit, we make it part of our morning practice, eventually, maybe we may decide that it feels so good that we wanna engage in an evening practice. So these are some of the ways to help prevent and treat chronic inflammation, number one. So we, I promise six at the top of our show. So I went into the research right away around mindfulness and meditation to show that yes, all of these things are interrelated. We may see inflammation ravages on our body. We may feel the pain, we may see biomarkers in tests and lab results, but again, it’s all of at the unseen and the scene.
So when we sit in meditation, we close our eyes, we start to pull the senses back from all the activity that we sense in the peripheral nervous system. Everything that we’re seeing, all the screens, all the emails coming in, all the news things flying around us. There is a lot of, um, a quicker pace to that. But when we sit to meditate and we go into the stillness inside, we reregulate our system, create more calmness, and this does have a, um, an effect through all the systems, including helping to regulate our anxiety. So inflammation starts to reset. This also helps us to sleep better. This helps us to feel more present in our brains. So meditation is very powerful. And please check out our free practical enlightenment meditations, which are on our Sona app, and they’re also on our website, mysollna.com. It’s also really important.
Tip #2 To Reduce Inflammation: Spices in your diet
Another important way that you can reduce inflammation in the body is to incorporate certain spices in your food, which have, um, shown, been shown in research to reduce inflammatory markers. This is wisdom from Ayurveda where we start to incorporate physical food aspects as healing medicine modalities. So some of these important spices are ric ginger cardio and black pepper. It’s a good idea to pair Ric together with black pepper because the black pepper helps us to absorb the curcumin, the active ingredients in the tumor. One of the ways I like to incorporate these specific spices is in golden milk. So what you can do in the evening is you can make a nice elixir by heating up milk, or he milk or almond milk or coconut milk, some kind of non-dairy milk. And then you can stir in ric ginger powder ginger. You can incorporate freshly ground black pepper, and then some card, some net mic I’ve been playing with lately, just some different spices.
So it’s really cinnamon even. So it’s nice and warming, and you’re incorporating these spices in. It’s a beautiful way to soothe yourself, your whole system. At the end of the day, you can do all your journaling or reading and also pair those practices together.
Tip #3 To Reduce Inflammation: Massage or Acupuncture
Another way to reduce con chronic inflammation is to get more regular about your body work. It is a wonderful practice to incorporate massage, acupuncture. Touch is a very, hands are healing, so any way that you can really bring some healing touch to your body is a wonderful way to keep things moving. Also, to keep toxins moving through your lymphatic system. It’s great for pain relief. It’s also important to, to create more purity in your body.
Tip #4 To Reduce Inflammation: Cutting out alcohol and smoking
So if you’re a smoker, if you’re a regular drinker of alcohol, to really cut back on this. And also there’s more research coming out about even small amounts of alcohol really having such a detrimental effect on your microbiome. So maybe thinking about really cutting back, cutting out, only enjoying wine, alcohol, when you really, really choose to.
Tip #5 To Reduce Inflammation: Daily walking and moving in gentle ways
Another way to reduce inflammation is to keep walking and moving, which is great for reducing inflammation, re really increasing circulation and oxygen through your body. I’m a daily walker myself. I walk for about an hour every day, and that just makes me feel really alive and fit.
Tip #6 To Reduce Inflammation: Reduce anti-inflammatory foods and increase colorful plant vegetables
Next is to reduce anti-inflammatory foods. So this includes heated vegetable oils, which are inflammatory with all the omega sixes. So staying away from all the gra you know, the canola and the soybean oils. Also just especially charred meats, dairy foods that are difficult to digest and staying with the beautiful anti-inflammatory, enormous family of vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, all these wonderful plant foods. There’s so many wonderful things to eat. Watch for the colors like colorful carrots and green beans, bell peppers. Anything that you’re drawn to really, uh, sprouts. I’m just thinking what’s in our kitchen right now. Avocados, lots of cilantro and celery and so on.
Tip #7 To reduce Inflammation: Keep your weight in check
Next thing is to make sure that your weight is in check according to the National Institutes of Health, losing weight is a really important way to reduce chronic inflammation. So just noticing if you’re, you’ve gotten a little bit more density without obsessing, it’s important to just make sure that your, your body is not carrying excess weight, which can of course be just a lot more work on your body. If you’re looking to lose some extra weight in a healthy way, Please check our out our online program, our 30 day roadmap to Healthy Weight Loss, which is a really great weight to support your body and to help reduce inflammation.
So, so I think I’ve done seven so far. Number one is regular meditation. Just sitting to regulate your body system in a regular way is in a, in a, you know, daily practice is just so powerful. Number two, spices in your diet. That is ric, ginger card and black pepper. You can try an evening elixer to incorporate them. Number three, massage or acupuncture. Number four, cutting out smoking and alcohol as much as possible. Number five, daily walking and moving in the gentle yin ways just to really increase circulation, but reduce inflammation. Number six, reduce anti-inflammatory foods and increase your colorful, um, wonderful plant vegetables. I’m sorry, increase anti-inflammatory foods. Reduce inflammatory foods like heated oils, unhealthy fats, and so on. Number seven, keep your weight in check. Check out our, um, 30 day weight loss, healthy weight loss roadmap if you’re looking for a guide.
Tip #8 To reduce Inflammation: Journaling
And number eight is journaling, which I mentioned earlier, but I think that when we bottle up stress and feelings and emotions and we don’t have a way to process them, it does create a lot of inflammation in the body. There’s many ways to process emotion. Sometimes it’s great to talk to a counselor or a guide, but really, uh, for me, since I was about seven years old, the most power, one of the most powerful practices that’s helped me in my daily life is journaling. I have had, I don’t know, dozens, hundreds at this point, journals that just allow me to reflect pen to paper is a great way to get your feelings out and to evaluate, to let go of things. So I really do recommend it so much. And if you’re looking for
Some journaling prompts and guidance, please check out our Solluna Circle where we have a theme every month, like letting go of control this month in October. It’s about really sinking into the true self. And we have meditation, Alexa recipes and journaling prompts. So please check it out if you’re called to. And remember to also check out our show notes over at mysollna.com. for some more. Um, show notes and, and information, links to other articles, recipes, and meditations I think you would enjoy. So sending you so much love, Keep your questions coming. As always, I love to hear from you. So I will be back here Monday for our next interview podcast. Till then, sending you so much love and see you back here soon. Namaste