Mirriam Webster dictionary define inflammation, and i quote “as a local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, pain, swelling.” This cellular injury can be caused by a number of things from oxygen deprivation, as a response to chemicals or drugs, as a result of a physical event as in an accident, from an infection or immune response like autoimmune thyroid condition, Hashimoto’s, to genetic issues, e.g. Downs syndrome or even to nutritional imbalances – e.g. very common these days, atherosclerosis.
How best to reduce the inflammation and associated pain without the use steroids and NSAIDs anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen which can cause gastrointestinal damage and heart attack? Proteolytic Enzymes will help. This article in Nutrition Review explains, they increase the “appetite” of macrophages, a large white blood cell that consumes bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites and increases the potency of natural killer (NK) cells. They also degrade pathogens that might inhibit normal immune function. Amongst other things they increase blood flow and break down cellular debris, which makes them easier for the lymphatic system to remove and thus reduce swelling.
Proteolytic enzymes can be bought in a tablet form. Wobenzym is one that I have used. However these enzymes can be found in foods and my favourite source would be pineapple, pawpaw, ginger and kiwi fruit. I advocate a smoothie made from pineapple and ginger with a teaspoon of honey (also full of enzymes), if necessary, a couple of times a day. I also recommend eating some raw fruit or vegetables with each meal to supply enzymes to help with digestion.
Try a smoothie, experiment with raw food until you find what you like and see how it helps with any inflammation.