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Which Food and CBD Strain are best for Inflammation

Hello, I began my journey in health as a therapist. Over the years I’ve observed the interaction between the body, mind, and nutrition. Today we are focused on the topic of inflammation.


Specifically, we will look at the following:

  • How does inflammation affect the body

  • Foods to eat to reduce inflammation

  • Adding which CBD strain is best for inflammation


I. Inflammation and the Body


The questions are, is inflammation a good thing or is inflammation a bad thing? And the answer to these two questions is a simple yes.


Inflammation occurs as a natural protective response when the body is harmed. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is considered a part of healing. So, what does acute inflammation look like?

It appears as the redness, warmth, swelling, and pain around tissues and joints that occurs in response to an injury. Have you ever pulled out a cuticle or slammed your finger in the door? Then you’ve seen and felt your immune system go to work and release white blood cells to surround and protect the area.


Chronic Inflammation

What happens when the body will not stop protecting itself? Chronic inflammation is the opposite of acute inflammation. And chronic inflammation happens when the body will not stop protecting itself, and frequently there aren’t any visible signs to inform you that it’s happening.


II Reduce Inflammation by Easting


Addressing Chronic Inflammation

A powerful tool to battle chronic inflammation is found in the grocery store and not in the pharmacy tucked into a corner of the grocery.


Dr. Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, has indicated that experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects.


Developing Your Personal Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Based on current research, numerous major diseases that plague us have been linked to on-going chronic inflammation. These diseases include cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, diabetes, and Alzheimer's.


Eating to reduce inflammation is a valid way to favorably impact chronic inflammation. The eating plan that naturally follows the tenets of anti-inflammatory eating is the Mediterranean diet.


The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating that's based on the traditional cuisines of Greece, Italy, and other countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Plant-based foods, such as the following, are stars in this diet:


  • Whole grains

  • Vegetables

  • Legumes

  • Fruits

  • Nuts

  • Seeds

  • Herbs

  • Spices


Along with the Mediterranean diet (and often eaten with that diet), these foods offer anti-inflammation support: tomatoes; olive oil; green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards; nuts, especially almonds and walnuts; fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines; and fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges.


Choose the right anti-inflammatory foods, and you may be able to reduce your risk of illness. Consistently pick the wrong ones, and you could accelerate the inflammatory disease process.


In addition to lowering inflammation, a more natural, less processed diet can have noticeable effects on your physical and emotional health.


Avoiding Foods

What are bad foods? Does it seem like the good stuff is bad for you? If you really like it and crave it, and it’s on the list below, you probably would do best to avoid it. The following is a list of foods to limit and avoid:

  • Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages

  • Refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries

  • Cookies

  • Candy

  • Cake

  • French fries and other fried foods

  • Donuts

  • White pasta

  • Red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, bologna, sausages)

  • Crackers

  • Chips

  • Pretzels

  • Excessive alcohol consumption

  • Margarine, shortening, and lard

To reduce levels of inflammation, aim for an overall healthy diet. A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.


III CBD is Part of a Daily Healthy Lifestyle


Which CBD Strain is the best Inflammation Fighter

Although research is still in its early stages, people find using CBD is an option in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Many are reaching for CBD and including it as a part of their daily, anti-inflammatory regime.


Research has indicated that cannabis is a plant that people have used since at least 4000 B.C. Cannabis sativa contains over 400 different chemical compounds. Two of the best-known are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD. And current research suggests that CBD can help ease inflammation, among other things.


The different types of cannabis plants include the following:

  • Cannabis indica

  • Cannabis sativa

  • Hybrids


There is limited research available on the use of specific cannabis strains for pain and other symptoms. As a result, strain-specific recommendations are not medically proven. At HOKO Holistics, we utilize a hybrid mixture in order to get the best out of the plants.


Takeaway

Several studies report the benefits of cannabis use for chronic pain. According to some research, it is as effective as opioids, which are among the most potent pain-relieving drugs.


The side effects of cannabis use are usually minimal, especially in comparison with opioid side effects. Those who wish to use medical cannabis should discuss the risks and benefits in more detail with their doctor and ensure they obtain their medications legally and from a reputable organization.


Is CBD legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the legal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. Now hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3 percent THC are federally legal. However, CBD products containing more than 0.3 percent THC still fall under the legal definition of marijuana, making them federally illegal but legal under some state laws. Be sure to check state laws, especially when traveling.



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Author, Allen Rader – LinkedIn

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