How to Lower Your Inflammation

101 Inflammation Guide

A practical guide to understanding everything about inflammation.  How to measure inflammation?  Which herbs and spices can lower inflammation?  Which drugs are effective to lower inflammation?  What effects does inflammation have on weight loss and recovery?

1. Cinnamon 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (2-4 grams):

  • Lab studies have found that cinnamon may reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects, and fight bacteria.
  • Some research has found that a particular type of cinnamon, cassia cinnamon, may lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.
  • Star Anise and Nutmeg pair well with cinnamon

Green Tea to Lower Inflammation2. Green Tea: 4 glasses a day

  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Weight Loss (raises metabolism)
  • Helps reduce Atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, cancer.

3. Ginger: 1-2 grams daily

  • Powerful Anti-inflammatory
  • Improves nutrient absorption
  • Useful for overcoming colds and reducing stomach cramps
  • Improves thermogenesis and curbs hunger.

4. Turmeric: 400-600mgTurmeric to Lower Inflammation

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Alleviates stiffness and arthitis
  • Helps prevent Alzheimer’s
  • Reduces arthritis
  • Prevention of certain cancers

Anti-Inflammatory Cayenne

5. Cayenne Pepper ¼ tsp

  • Improves circulation and blood flow
  • Reduces Cholesterol

Black Pepper Anti-inflammatory6. Black Pepper (20 mg of piperidine)

  • Creates satiety, raises thermogenesis, and improves fat oxidation.
  • Boosts metabolism, causing you to burn more calories.

7. Oolong Tea (4 cups daily)

  • Reduction of heart disease,
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Antioxidant

Reduce Chronic Inflammation with Flax Seed or Meal8. Flaxseed

  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids particularly ALA. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.

Chia to Decrease Inflammation9. Chia

  • Packed with minerals including: manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, potassium
  • Almost all carbohydrates come from fiber
  • Antioxidant
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids particularly ALA.
  • Complete essential Amino Acid profile

Why is inflammation important?

Other than it being a great indicator for possible infection and injury… inflammation levels are inversely proportional to recovery amount and speed.  So reduce inflammation and you’ll be less sore, your muscle will recovery faster, and your gains will be greater.


Advil, Motrin ibuprofen
Aleve naproxen sodium
Ascriptin, Bayer, Ecotrin aspirin

RX Anti-inflammatories

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Anaprox naproxen sodium
Celebrex celecoxib
Clinoril sulindac
Daypro oxaprozin
Disalcid salsalate
Dolobid diflunisal
Feldene piroxicam
Indocin indomethacin
Lodine etodolac
Mobic meloxicam
Naprosyn naproxen
Relafen nabumetone
Toradol ketorolac tromethamine
Vimovo naproxen/esomeprazole
Voltaren diclofenac

Important considerations:

  • Effectiveness varies person to person, so if the drug you are using isn’t working, ask for a different one.
  • Side effects also vary person to person, so ask for a different one if the one you have doesn’t work.
  • There are plenty of possible side effects from taking NSAID’s so if you can do without taking inflammatory drugs… you should do so.

Balancing Fats with Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9

  • Critical with the Western Diet.
  • Balancing ALA, EPA, and DHA
  • 6g ALA, 2g EPA, 1.2-1.4g DHA
  • List of foods with Omega 3

Adding Anti inflammatory foods

  • Cinnamon 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (2-4 grams):
  • Green Tea (4 glasses per day)
  • Ginger: 1-2 grams daily
  • Turmeric: 400-600mg
  • Cayenne Pepper ¼ tsp
  • Onions
  • Black Pepper (20 mg of piperidine)
  • Oolong Tea (4 cups daily)

Avoiding inflammation

  • Cigarettes and smoking
  • Stress
  • High carb low fat diets
  • Lack of sleep
  • Generally any activity that raise cortisol levels
  • Alcohol

Measuring internal inflammation

  • The InBody 570 can measure inflammation through determining extra cellular to total body water ratio. The higher the amount of extra cellular water, the more cellular lysis that it is occurring.  A leading cause of cellular damage is poor cell wall integrity.  Since Sand & Steel has an InBody 570 we can determine whether changes in nutrition lower inflammation in practice (not just theory.)
  • If you go to a physician, you can order a C- Reactive Protein measurement.
  • Other markers of inflammation include
    • SED Rate
    • High levels of Homocysteine
    • Elevated Ferritin in the blood
    • Elevated HDL
    • Elevated Monocytes can be a secondary indicator of inflammation
    • Elevated Blood Glucose is a leading indicator of inflammation


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