Natural Solutions to Feeling Run-Down
Nearly 100 percent of American women are suffering from chronic inflammation due to factors like stress and exposure to environmental toxins. Symptoms include brain fog, skin rashes, body aches, frequent colds, and severe PMS. The modern medical world has realized that chronic inflammation could be to blame for most degenerative diseases, including two of today’s prolific killers - cancer and heart disease.
Chronic inflammation is when the body’s natural defense system, instead of protecting, goes haywire and attacks the tissues slowly and steadily. The inflammation can occur in any organ or part in the body. For example, an inflammation in the knee cartilage becomes a serious case of arthritis or osteoporosis. Although the elderly are especially vulnerable, any one can get inflammation at any age. Anemia, asthma, psoriasis and a host of other symptomatic diseases are believed to have their root in chronic inflammation. You can have it and yet not know it. So if you’re feeling depressed, without energy or simply run-down with fatigue, it is better to fight these conditions with anti-inflammatory strategies.
Fortunately, the inflammation fighting strategies here will enhance immunity, increase energy, boost your mood and more! Best of all, they are all natural and there is no need to fight toxins with more toxin.
1.Inhibit inflammatory chemicals with some spicy tea
Research has shown that the capsaicin in cayenne pepper blocks the same inflammatory COX-2 enzymes that over the counter and prescription anti-inflammatory meds do, but without the negative side effects. A small amount of spice delivers the benefits, so consider cooking with hot pepper or sipping cayenne tea once or twice a week. To make cayenne tea, just add 1 teaspoon of the spice to 1 cup hot water or your regular tea.
2.Reduce symptoms with pine bark extract
Taking 200 mg. of Pycnogenol (French maritime pine bark extract) supplement for five days reduced inflammation markers such as nuclear factor-kappa B by 15 percent, according to a
Extra Benefit: Pycnogenol improves lung function and lowers blood sugar.
3.Rally the body’s own natural defenses with sex
Engaging in sexual activity triggers the release of dopamine. This brain chemical simultaneously suppresses production of the inflammatory chemical interleukin-12 and stimulates the activity of the anti-inflammatory interleukin-10.
Extra Benefit: Sex boosts energy and enhances your relationship with your partner.
4.Prevent the impact of stress with belly breathing
Spike in the stress hormone cortisol causes upswings in levels of inflammatory compounds called eicosanoids. Relax with deep breathing, a technique that cuts cortisol output by up to 52 percent to prevent surges in eicosanoids. Here’s what to do: Inhale through the nose, relaxing the belly to take in as much air as possible. Breathe out through the mouth as if blowing through a straw, relaxing the belly after exhaling. Do this for three five-minute sessions daily.
Extra Benefit: Belly breathing speeds fat burning and curbs food cravings.
The article is written by Nick Clipton, web master of BuildingBodyMuscles.com. Nick is a fitness trainer and loves to blog on health and fitness. Visit his site to know more about online exercise program.