If you have taken a look online lately, you have likely seen your fair share of articles and blog posts centered around the topic of inflammation, and how it’s affecting our lives.
These days, we are inundated with big pharma commercials and advertisements touting “cures” for common ailments. We typically see a happy couple enjoying time on the beach, or engaging in some outdoor activity that would otherwise seem impossible for someone suffering from a disease of any kind – and just when you think the answer to all your painful prayers has arrived, you’re hit with the long list of side effects that sound way worse than what you’re actually suffering from.
Here’s the thing about inflammation, though. You don’t need to fill your medicine cabinet with prescription medications that can potentially make you sick. You don’t need to set an appointment with a medical practitioner to find out that treating inflammation, much like treating chronic illness, starts with a healthier lifestyle, and a more educated mindset.
As the owner and founder of Fusionary Formulas, a line of potent, all-natural supplements designed to help you live a healthier life while combating the aches and pains associated with inflammation, I can’t help but share all I know with you. And what I know, is that a holistic approach to health and wellness is better than any ‘cure’ that comes with a prescription – starting RIGHT in your kitchen!
Your kitchen, right now, is doing one of two things: it’s either helping you rid your body of disease-causing inflammation, or contributing to the possibility of future disease and discomfort.
Case in point? One of my clients, a long time sufferer of Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis, or PVNS, learned the hard way about how diet affected her disease.
PVNS is a joint disease characterized by inflammation and overgrowth of the joint lining. It usually affects the hip or knee. It can also occur in the shoulder, ankle, elbow, hand or foot. In PVNS, the lining of the joint, called the synovium, becomes swollen and grows so intensely that surgery must be performed to clean out the extra tissue from the knee, as it begins to stiffen and swell.
My young client had suffered for years with PVNS in her left knee. The swelling would get so bad that she wouldn’t be able to walk, bend, or even fit her pants over her knee for weeks at a time. During her first bout with PVNS, she had an orthoscopic surgery to clean out the extra tissue and help her knee function again at a normal level. She was sent home with some pain medication and a prescription anti-inflammatory – and no information on how to prevent the inflammation from occurring again.
Sure, enough, within four years, PVNS struck again, in the same place, only with more intensity and discomfort. The inflammation within the joint of her knee was so critical that she could barely get in and out of her car – and she was barely pushing 30 years of age. She sought a second opinion from a new doctor, who assured her that if she made some changes to her diet, she would see a huge change in the health of her knee.
What was she asked to cut out of her diet?
Dairy, gluten, and sugar – the three biggest inflammation-inducing foods.
Within weeks, she was feeling better. Her knee was functioning without any swelling or pain. She was able to return to the gym, move freely without fear of needing another surgery, and developed a clear understanding of why what you put in your body, directly affects how you feel.
Of course, diet is only part of the puzzle when it comes to beating inflammation. The other part? The ancient Indian formula to overcoming inflammatory ailments for thousands of years – turmeric! This is the power-herb she relies on to keep her feeling great day in and day out – and essentially, the cure-all for so many things!