What aches and pains from arthritis or inflammation say about you
Arthritis – Inflammation
People often say their joints are feeling stiff, sore, achy or suffering arthritic sensations. These conditions are often caused due to inflammation brought on by your body’s response to outside threats like stress, infection or toxic chemicals.
As a ‘senior’ attending QiYoga classes could have a positive effect on your symptoms. During class we practice asanas (postures) to help de-stress and remove toxicity from your body.
Reducing inflammation could make a massive difference to the way you feel each day. If trying to conceive inflammation could be preventing conception taking place. QiYoga classes assist with fertility.
When you’ve had a cold, fever or a sore throat with swollen glands, or maybe a cut that’s become red and warm to touch, this is inflammation. In this instance inflammation is a healthy and necessary function for healing and is only temporary, as the inflammation will leave your body when infection or illness is gone.
When in a ‘flight or fight’ response your body is flooded with adrenaline. The constant release of adrenaline surging throughout your body due to unrelenting stress over a long period of time, or even dwelling on past stressful events creates inflammation.
QiYoga classes help to de-stress and calm your body. QiYoga is the subtle blend of chi-gung (blocked energy clearing) combined with hatha yoga and meditation. Breathing techniques are taught along with helpful tips to take with you and practice during your everyday activities at home.
Lifestyle can play an important role either increasing or decreasing inflammation.
8 ways to help reduce inflammation
- Adding turmeric to your diet, daily, with black pepper to assist absorption. However to experience the full effects you would need to take an extract that contains significant amounts of curcumin.
- Attending QiYoga classes regularly as well as QiYoga retreats to help reduce stress. Cortisol is released when stressed and is a known inflammation trigger.
- Mindfulness meditation (as proven by science) can have a positive effect on many health conditions including cancer, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. During your QiYoga class mindfulness meditation is practiced.
- Increase your water with spring water being most ideal as it hasn’t the chemicals found in tap water.
- Eat less meat and dairy products.
- Boost your diet with cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens creating in your gut a more alkaline environment.
- Try for 7 to 8 hours uninterrupted sleep.
- Eating foods with omega-3 fatty acids (fish or fish oil). A brilliant supplement is Powerfully Pure’s Marine Phytoplankton – it is what gives fish their omegas, it is full of 18 essential amino-acids, electrolytes, folate, iodine and so much more!
Lasting effects of chronic inflammation –
- Visible signs of aging like wrinkles
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Heart disease
- Psoriasis and acne
- High blood pressure
- Urinary tract infections
Food ingredients that can cause Inflammation –
- Sugar including words ending in ‘ose’ (fructose or sucrose).
- Saturated fats – pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and cheese are the biggest sources of saturated fates. Full-fat dairy, pasta and grain-based desserts.
- Trans fats – fried and processed foods, biscuits, cakes and most margarines. Avoid foods with partially hydrogenated oils.
- Omega 6 fatty acids – the body required a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega3 fatty acids however excess consumption omega-6s can produce pro-inflammatory chemicals. These fatty acids are found in oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, grapeseed, soy, peanut and vegetable along with mayonnaise and many salad dressings.
- Refined carbohydrates – white flour products (breads, rolls) white rice and many cereals are refined carbohydrates.
- Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) – a flavour-enhancing additive generally prepared in Asian foods.
- Gluten and casein – gluten found in wheat, rye, barley and casein is found in whey protein products.
- Aspartame – artificial sweetener found in more than 4,000 products worldwide. It is a neurotoxin, which means it affects the brain and as your immune system will react to the foreign substance by attacking the chemical, will trigger an inflammatory response.
- Alcohol – excessive consumption of alcohol weakens liver function and causes inflammation, as well disrupting hormonal balance. Always drink in moderation and when trying to conceive, abstinence is best.
Inflammation is your body’s natural reaction at self-protection when healing a virus or bacteria.
As you can see your lifestyle and diet both play an important role in controlling inflammation and aiming to have a more alkaline than acid body will help halt inflammation.
Hope this chart below helps!
(Courtesy of Awakening Fertility – a daughter company of QiYoga)
Written by travelling yogi and inspiring yogi Jen Kaz
Giving you tips for living yoga on and off the mat!