5 WAYS TO SOOTHE YOUR INFLAMMATION
Chronic inflammation has been linked to many ‘modern’ diseases from eczema to anxiety, depression, heart disease and strokes. Modern life in major cities carries with it an intensity and exposure to environmental conditions that our Stone Age bodies simply aren’t evolved to cope with. Inflammation is the result. Here are…
Chronic inflammation has been linked to many ‘modern’ diseases from eczema to anxiety, depression, heart disease and strokes. Modern life in major cities carries with it an intensity and exposure to environmental conditions that our Stone Age bodies simply aren’t evolved to cope with. Inflammation is the result. Here are 5 ways to start soothing your everyday inflammation.
1) Supercharged Hot Chocolate
from @nourishedbynaomi, formally, the wonderful Naomi Buff
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp almond butter
1 pitted medjool date
2 tsp raw cacao powder
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 pipette of Aver CALM CBD oil (contains 25mg CBD)
Put all the ingredients into a blender or use a stick blender until all the ingredients have fully combined.
Aside from being decadently delicious, this all-natural remedy is the perfect way to cool the flames inside after a busy day. Serve and enjoy immediately
2) Rest more
as told by @fastingmd aka Amy Shah, M.D.
Most doctors recommend 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If you’re you’re not getting that, you’re cheating your immune system, which means it needs to kick into high gear in an effort to keep you well (enter, inflammation).
“I have to admit that I’d been guilty of trying to be supermom and running on six hours or less of sleep a night. A study from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta found that short sleep durations and poor sleep quality are associated with higher levels of inflammation markers. In fact, individuals who reported six or fewer hours of sleep had the highest levels of inflammatory hormones and changes in blood vessel function.
I started making time for sleep and made getting eight hours a night, every night, a priority. Some days, I even allow for a bit more.”
We know that nodding off in the city can be difficult – late night sirens, early morning roadworks and your personal worries see to that. But, sleep really is the greatest anti-inflammatory – take a few drops of our CALM CBD oil each night before bed and dissolve into a reviving slumber.
3) Stress less
You know the feeling. City living has us constantly stressed. Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, has said, “Stressed people’s immune cells become less sensitive to cortisol. They’re then unable to regulate the inflammatory response, and therefore, when they’re exposed to a virus, they’re more likely to develop a cold”. So, basically being stressed, makes you less resilient to attacks on your body, which happens constantly living in a city.
Yoga can be incredibly helpful in alleviating your stress-induced inflammation.
We have partnered with FRAME (@moveyourframe) on CBD Yin Yoga classes every Sunday of February across FRAME’s London studios and FLY LDN (@fly_ldn) on their CHILL class next Thursday (13th), an indulgent yin yoga class where two lucky attendees will win an exclusive AVER giveaway.
In Yin yoga, each posture is typically held for 3-5 minutes with a rebound to allow the body to stretch and release. All postures are either seated or lying down, making this a great complementary practice to dynamic yoga, cardio or weight training. Open to all levels, including beginners.
Meditation can also reduce inflammation by impacting changes in the brain’s functional connectivity. We asked Kat Pither, Founder of YOGI BARE (@yogi.bare), a couple of questions to help you get into meditation, click here to bask in here inflammation soothing wisdom.
4) Exercise smarter
Sometimes we use exercise to escape the stress of our lives and on the whole this is a great thing. But, when you exercise too much and too hard, you start stealing from your hormones. Running for hours every day is actually stress-inducing instead of stress-reducing. But, we know we have to work hard on our health and fitness to feel good in body and mind. Our suggestion to exercising smarter: try some higher intensity but lower impact exercise to mix in with your usual routine. High intensity to ensure you are working hard enough, but low impact to keep inflammation down.
As part of our partnership with FLY_LDN (@fly_ldn) we will also be collaborating on their Flowlife60 class. This 60 minute class will take you through a powerful flow designed to make you sweat, mobilise and break from the City grind. Develop your practice, deepen familiar postures and challenge yourself to tackle progressions in a safe environment. A balanced complement to cardio, sports or resistance training and ideal for regular yoga practitioners with an established level of fitness.
Or, kickstart your day the right way with a complementary CBD smoothie at FRAME’s (@moveyourframe) ‘Rise and Shine’ yoga class across their London studios. We are dropping 25mg of our BOOST CBD oil into each to give you the little lift you need to start your day with an inflammation busting workout.
5) Treat your gut better
By Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD and author of ‘Meals That Heal: 100+ Everyday Anti-Inflammatory Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less’
“There’s lots of hype around probiotics, but are you supporting those good microbes already living in you? Protect those existing good bacteria by cutting out added sugars, trans fats, and focusing on choosing primarily whole and minimally processed foods. It’s also worth consuming probiotic-rich foods—such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, or kimchi—every single day. Strengthening the gut’s microbe barrier is one of the cornerstones to reducing inflammation long-term.”
We also recently sat down with Sarah Carolides, Nutritionist and Genetic Health expert (www.sarahcarolides.com) about the role your gut health plays in maintaining your mental health and immune defence.
Times have changed, but your body hasn’t.
With the greatest respect… you were designed in the Stone Age. You are positively Palaeolithic, in mind and body – sorry to break it to you. We know, you’re different. You Yoga. You run. You meditate. You’re as fit as a bloody butcher’s dog. This is all great, and it helps, but the problem isn’t you – it’s your environment. Think about it. Cities evolve much faster than humans do – in the physical sense at least. And this means that we have been left behind. We are no longer compatible or adapted to the way we have to live in cities. Here, sleep is a wrestling match, often lost to the rumble of roadworks; we’re…