There’s a great chance you’ve taken anti-inflammatory medication at some point. Whether you needed some quick relief from a headache, allergic reaction, or joint pain, at one point or another, you’ve popped a pill or two. We all have.
But if you’ve been taking a common doctor-prescribed anti-inflammatory, it might be messing with your metabolism in a big way. And that’s why taking a natural approach to combatting inflammation is highly recommended.
Inflammation is a marker of several chronic illnesses. Not only is it associated with life-threatening events like heart attack and stroke, but it is at the root of rheumatic conditions and asthma. It’s also a marker of obesity and diabetes. There is plenty of research to suggest that a natural approach, which includes good food choices, can yield major improvements.
In a recent presentation at The Society for Endocrinology Annual Conference, researchers noted their findings that a commonly prescribed an anti-inflammatory may increase the risk of diabetes. The types of medication asserted to have this damaging metabolic effect are glucocorticoids, which are used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, RA, IBD, psoriasis, and eczema
- Skin conditions
- Adrenal insufficiency
Anti-inflammatory diets, however, have the potential to manage inflammatory conditions without increasing your risk for further severe chronic illness. Research has indicated that certain foods, when regularly consumed as part of a healthy diet, can quell inflammation, reduce inflammatory symptoms (flare-ups), as well as lower the risk for conditions like type-2 diabetes. These foods provide immune support to build a more peaceful internal environment. Some anti-inflammatory foods include:
- Olive oil
- Leafy green vegetables
- Fatty fish (like salmon)
- Whole grains
Good examples of anti-inflammatory styles of eating are the Mediterranean and DASH diets. It’s also important to remember that these foods can only help you if you’re eating them most of the time. Refined foods, processed foods, and high-sugar items can boost inflammation and make it very difficult for the good stuff to do its job.
With some of the dangers surrounding certain anti-inflammatory medications, your best bet might be to take a natural approach to manage inflammation, and relying on medication only when truly necessary or in emergency situations.