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I’m a sucker for natural healing.

Posted Nov 19 2009 10:00pm

Growing up in a house filled with multiple generations, I learned many things I may not have known about until much later in life.  My grandmother lives for natural healing and for finding alternatives to medications.  I always thought she was crazy not to go with what the doctors prescribed, that is until I began working as a pharmaceutical technician and realized how dangerous many of these medications can become.

Each year, an estimated 7,600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations occur in the United States due to the use of NSAIDs.
NSAIDs include: aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, ketoprofen, and tiaprofenic acid. Researchers are now linking inflammation to an ever-wider array of chronic illnesses such as hay fever, heart disease, depression, diabetes and colon cancer. Scary statistics, no? It is no wonder why Maryn’s mother has chosen to go natural when it came to treating her daughter’s cancer.

Dr. Steven Arculeo (from ChicagoHealers.com ), DC, suggests cleaning up kitchen your kitchen cabinets to help allevite pain and inflammation without the use of NSAIDs.

Foods often found in kitchens that cause inflammation in the body and should be avoided include:

  • Hydrogenated or Trans Fats
  • Processed foods
  • Caffeine
  • Red Meat
  • Sugar (I use Stevia as a sugar substitute)
  • Soda (No, diet soda is not an exception.  It is equally as bad for you)
  • Alcohol

Instead, fill your kitchen with fruits, vegetables, lean meats and cooking ingredients which can decrease inflammation and rid yourself of sickness and pain:

  • Apples and Blueberries: these fruits are packed full of nutrients and are natural anti-inflammatory
  • Kale: contains over 80 nutrients per serving
  • Fish: one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods, fish contains heart healthy and anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids. Choose cod, salmon or tilapia instead of the fatty deep water bottom dweller fish such as shrimp or catfish
  • Ginger: aids in digestion
  • Garlic: lowers hypertension and cholesterol
  • Basil, Parsley, Rosemary, Turmeric, Thyme, Chili Peppers & Cinnamon: all are proven to have anti-inflammatory properties
  • Oil: use cold pressed extra virgin olive oil to aid in decreasing inflammation
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