Inflammation is considered to be one of the root causes of pretty much every health concern known to us today.
You may likely know that a short-term inflammation is not a bad thing. It may simply be our body’s response to an infection and its aim is self-protection and healing. However, a chronic inflammation is another issue altogether. Research indicates that an overactive immune system ends up damaging our tissues.
We also know today that chronic inflammation contributes to asthma, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer…and the list goes on.
We can do several things to protect ourselves from inflammation.
- Learning how to reduce STRESS we carry inside our bodies
- Building a resilient nervous system
- Learning how to healthily process and express our emotions
Diet also plays a significant role.
I am reasonably sure that you’ve heard of the importance of food to counter inflammation (Mediterranean diet in particular). Anti-inflammatory foods include a variety of vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, legumes and oils such as avocado oil and olive oil all help to reduce inflammation. Staying away from processed foods, sugars, dairy and too much meat is also a pretty standard approach to reducing inflammation in our bodies.
Now let’s talk about one specific food that may help reduce inflammation.
One of the main things I learnt about reducing inflammation in the body is keeping the proper ratio of the so called omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in our body. Since our body cannot produce these fatty acids on its own and they are very important for the proper functioning of our brain, we need to get them in our diet.
This is when I discovered the benefits of hemp seeds. Hemp seeds have pretty much the ideal ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids that helps our body deal with inflammation. I highly suggest you consider adding hemp seeds or organic cold pressed hemp seed oil to your diet.
According to one of my favourite medical doctors and researchers, Dr. Andrew Weil, if North Americans ate more hemp, he believes that we would see lower incidence of heart attacks, cancer, and other inflammatory diseases.
Want to reduce inflammation in your body and reduce mental and emotional pain?
Build a resilient nervous system, learn to work with your emotions, and do consider eating hemp daily.