Stop inflammation naturally! Can we really do that? Is it within our control? Apparently yes! Have you ever wondered how to get rid of inflammation in the body naturally? I don’t mean taking anti inflammatory pills, but beginning to live a life where your body is healthy and well on the inside too.
When we think of inflammation we tend to think of some part of our body being on fire, you know… red, swollen and painful. But the truth is we can get all kinds of inflammation on the inside that we never, ever see. It’s a silent killer. It’s behind every major disease… this is the type of inflammation I’m talking about is this post.
I’m going to take a little detour in my posting and write about my own personal journey. You see, I’ve been learning more about inflammation and how it causes tremendous problems within the body and brings about premature aging. I’ve understood for some time how inflammation happens in our body, and how certain foods cool it down. What I didn’t understand is the fact that it’s generally the common everyday foods we eat regularly, and if it’s not right for us, it will set up an allergic reaction in the form of inflammation. When you think about this it’s actually quite serious!
To tell you the truth, I’ve never really thought of myself as having any food allergies. When any of the medical profession personnel asked me if I have any allergies I usually say, “Not really, although I think I’m allergic to sulfur”. I can remember at some time coming out in a dreadful itch from something containing sulfur, so I’ve tried to avoid it since then.
Enter Dr Keith
Anyway, I read this book by Dr Keith Scott-Mumby MD, MB ChB, HMD, Phd, FRCP. He calls himself “the Allergy Detective”. As you can see by the long list of letters after his name, he should know a “thing or two”. I wasn’t all that far into it before I just knew I’d be doing what he suggested. It pointed out that many of us have quite chronic allergies to various foods we eat and yet we have no idea. As I continued to read, he brought out about a certain set of symptoms which I was quite familiar with… in fact, I felt like he was describing me. I thought “Oh my!” and knew I had to follow his instructions to try and find out why this had happened in my life.
The really great thing about this is that I don’t have to go to my doctor and start some complicated procedure to find out if I’m allergic to various foods, because I can do it in my own house under the guidance of Dr Scott-Mumby. That really sat well with me and is in line with my philosophy.
Preparing for the Allergy Testing
So this week I’m preparing myself to start next Sunday… it’s just the day I chose to begin. During the week I’ll work out exactly what I need to buy to have on hand, and exactly how I’m going to do it. I’ll be consulting his book daily until I’ve got it firmly established in my mind my course of action.
Do you know that I’m really excited about it. I guess when you are facing an elimination of foods to be eaten it’s not really something to get excited about… but I’m looking past that to the results! If it turns out that a food I regularly eat is causing me problems, then whatever it is, I will give it up!
Dr Scott-Mumby explains that each one of us is different, in fact, no two of us is exactly the same. There is no such thing as “one diet suits all”. I relate to this and have said in other posts within my blog that it’s no good trying to place me in a pigeon hole such as Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian and a whole host of other names. I guess people in general like all these names as it means they’re able to understand what you are about just from one simple name. But I don’t fit any of them, and I don’t promote any of them, although I do promote some very useful information shared by people who call themselves Paleo.
How To Get Rid of Inflammation In the Body
- Week 1 – Preparation for 21st June, 2015 start
- First I’m spending time learning from the book. (done)
- Write out 4 different lists according to the book (done)
- Organise a shopping list in readiness for Sunday and up to two weeks thereafter (done)
- Work out a simple menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner including 2 snacks during the day. (done)
- Get my head into gear so I’m able to give it my best (done)
These lists (mentioned above) were really easy to do and were done in a few minutes. Organising the shopping list didn’t take too long neither as you are working from a simple list. You don’t have to work out a menu but I decided I wanted to do that to keep me on track. At a later date I may share with you my lists to make it even super simple for you if you decide you want to follow me and play detective with your potential allergies.
I’m starting on Sunday 21st June, 2015 (Australian time). I intend to document my progression here on this page..
Allergy Testing has begun…
Day 1: Sunday 21st June, 2o15
The day went well for me. As I had made myself up a menu to follow it was simply a matter of doing just that. I had 3 meals plus 2 snacks and at no time did I long for something that was “off the list”.
There is only one thing I could mention as I’ve never thought of it before. I had some fresh pineapple juice with my breakfast and that was fine. I then ate 6 small pieces of pineapple with my morning snack and I noticed by the time I got to about the 5th piece it was burning my tongue/throat. I didn’t stop though. Then I thought to myself… if it’s burning my mouth, what does it do when it’s on the inside of me? Hmmm… we’ll wait and see.
Day 2: Monday 22nd June, 2015
Today passed without any drama. I ate foods off my “allowed list” and kept away from foods on my “not allowed list”. I wasn’t at all hungry as there’s always plenty to eat.
The main noticeable symptom I’m looking for is the ringing in the ears. I mean, I’m looking for any change to that. At this stage its just the same. I wouldn’t expect symptoms of that nature to disappear that quickly. Food remains in your body for an average of 4 days and this is only Day 2 since I started. We’ll wait a few more days yet.
Day 3: Tuesday 23rd June, 2015
We got visitors today. My husband’s cousin whom he hasn’t seen for 20 years or something, came to visit with us. They are travelling around Tasmania in a caravan and planned on staying a couple of nights with us.
We thought this was really cool and were so excited to have them come.
But what about my allergy testing? Should I leave off and start all over again? I didn’t feel that was an option. So I took the plunge and explained to them what I was doing… and they were cool about it. No worries.
I cooked a nice dinner for them and really, all I had to do was make sure I didn’t use any grain. I had made a nice big beef pie but simply kept some out for myself before I thickened it. Beth made us a lovely dessert on which I passed. Didn’t worry me actually.
So all in all, everything has gone fine. They understand where I’m coming from and are very supportive.
Days 4 & 5: 24/25th June, 2015
Somehow missed out on the update yesterday but I have to say that there is nothing much to report. No changes that I can find. I need to keep going for 10-14 days so it’s really too early to tell one way or another. But… I’ll keep you informed!
Days 6,7 & 8: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June, 2015
I figured there was no real change up until yesterday and then I realised last night that the noises in my ears were a lot, lot louder. It had sort of crept up on me. Another thing I noticed only yesterday was that I felt a little “head spinny”. I basically felt “not quite right”.
So what does this mean? Back to my book to peruse the pages once again. Ah I see! This could potentially mean that the culprit is something I’m eating on the allowed list! Really! What?
One thing I’ve been doing over the past week that I don’t normally do, is I’ve been eating a lot more meat than I usually do. So starting today I’m going to cut out all meat and see if there is any improvement. For the next 5 days I’ll only eat plant-based protein. If it is anything to do with meat I should start to see a difference. Once again, I’ll keep you informed of my progress.
Day 9: Monday 29th June, 2015
Dragged myself around today! Just didn’t feel too good at all. Sometimes felt like I could feint. Wasn’t eating any meat but didn’t expect that to make any immediate difference as the meat I had been previously eating was still inside me. Not that I’m blaming meat yet, only testing it.
Spent a bit of time just lying down. Late in the afternoon I decided to eat a small piece of watermelon and followed it up with a hot drink of Coconut & Chai tea. All of a sudden I felt better! Couldn’t quite work it out… Was it the watermelon? Was it the tea? Would it have happened anyway? Hmm…
Day 10: Tuesday 30th June, 2015
Last day of the Financial Year here in Australia! Yep, felt SO much better today. Still got the head noises but all that other business was very much improved. Thank goodness. Still off the meat and not missing it one little bit. Two more days so let’s see what happens. 🙂
Actually I’m excited to start on this as I’m so keen to learn if I have allergies to any of my regularly consumed foods. Hoping for answers. Stay tuned as I share my experience with this book, and the contents therein. If I can stop inflammation naturally and prevent myself from experiencing bad diseases through learning how to get rid of inflammation in the body, I will be a very happy chappy! 🙂
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