I have inflammation in my chest (or so it seems). Moving my chest will make it crack. I've had this for about 1 year.
I also have pinguecula in my eye (which is a form of inflammation - maybe from liver?)
I've been eating paleo for quite some months now apart from cheating every now and then.
My inflammation has been way better since eating Paleo, but not gone.
I was wondering should an inflamed body heal over time when on an anti-inflammatory diet, or does one need to take extra steps on top of diet to get rid of the inflammation?
How do I get to: NOT having a body full of inflammation? Is it possible?
It's a 3-step process: find the cause of the inflammation, avoid it and use whole foods and pre-/probiotics to encourage healing.
Despite many autoimmune symptoms, I tested low for inflammation but I must have had it. Many of my chronic symptoms disappeared within 3 weeks but even so my gut took nearly a year to heal. Actually, many of my chronic symptoms reappeared if I cheated or if my gut took a step backward.
It's important for me to say our 2 cases are probably be very different so all I can do is throw out a few ideas. Looking back now, I'm not sure if gluten was a cause or side-effect but I definitely had a gluten problem at first. I also definitely had lactose intolerance caused by incomplete/inappropriate gut flora.
So, if I had a magic bullet it was water kefir not the gluten-free diet. My gut didn't really show signs of healing for the first 5 months off gluten but when I started making water kefir in the 6th month everything changed rapidly. It took only 2-3 weeks for me to find I could handle cream, butter and yogurt for the first time in my life. It took months longer for me to stop having symptoms from gluten, but it finally happened.
Find out what causes/aggravates your inflammation. Avoid that. Start with whatever healthy foods you can tolerate and, as you heal, expand your mix of whole and fermented foods as much as you can. I can't promise you anything other than it's definitely worth sticking with it long term.
What DO you eat? What oils do you cook with? Supplements? Do you take fish oil? How do you cheat? Do you have any known food sensitivies?
Cutting dairy and grains, balancing your n3:n6 ratio, and focusing on regularly cooking with anti-inflammatories such as herbs, spices, and green veges - should have a significant impact.
Curcumin supplementation has helped resolve the last bits of noticeable inflammation I was experiencing.