How to reduce inflammation
By Juliana Kassianos, Transformational Fertility Coach, Yoga Teacher and Founder of The School of Fertility
WHY REDUCE INFLAMMATION?
Increased inflammation can be a huge source of chemical stress in the body. Think of it like a fire going on inside your system. When there is a fire, the last thing you have resources for is to get pregnant
Protect eggs and sperm from free-radical damage
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is associated with low grade chronic inflammation
FOODS THAT CAN TRIGGER INFLAMMATION
HOW TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION
Studies show that vitamin D can reduce inflammation in the body. All adults, pregnant women and breastfeeding women need 10 micrograms of vitamin D daily. You can get vitamin D from being outdoors and exposing your bare skin to direct sunlight. It’s also found in a few foods like oily fish, egg yolks and some fortified foods.
Although it does contain caffeine, it contains less than black tea and coffee. It is particularly rich in anti-inflammatory properties.
Spices like turmeric, cinnamon and ginger help to prevent inflammation by inhibiting the enzymes that cause it.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Have an anti-inflammatory effect. E.g. salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring, flaxseeds, chia seeds and hempseed oil (330°F smoke point – low temperature cooking).
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Berries like blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are particularly high in antioxidants, as well as leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and broccoli.
This contains lauric acid, which converts in the body to monolaurin, which has antiviral and antibacterial properties, and so helps to strengthen the immune system.
These can help to support the immune system by fortifying the gut microbiome. You need a good healthy balanced gut bacterium for processing toxins, lowering in ammation and reducing toxin exposure to a potential developing foetus. E.g. Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage), Kimchi (fermented vegetables), Kefir (fermented milk drink) and yoghurt.