1) Optimize your vitamin D. Take it everyday. Taking it on a weekly or monthly basis has significant down sides. Our ancestors where in the sun everyday...so mimicking that is a good thing with the daily dosage.
2)Fermented foods. Make your own sauerkraut. Eat it daily. Two to four ounces a day. Start slowly with a teaspoon of fermented food and work up to the two to four ounces a day. Doing other wise may cause a sudden die off of the "regular unhealthy" gut bacteria in your gut. Not a pleasant experience. Look up healing crisis on Mercola.com for more information.
3)Take krill oil. It is uncontaminated like fish oil and achieves the same goals with one pill.
4)Curcumin is the active component of turmeric as a anti inflammatory. It works like motrin and other non steroidals without the possible fatal effects of long term non steroidal use. Some forms are more bio available than others. Read the labels. I have not been able to find anything that suggest there is a chance of over dosage with this product. It is not sold by the Drug companies.
8/8/14...Thinking about this blog, I thought I might add a comment to clarify why Curcumin is superior to NSAID's for long term use. First NSAID's are probably safe for short term use. The problem is that although Cox 2 is inhibited by NSAID's, which cause inflammation, Cox 1 is inhibited too. Cox 1 is protective of blood vessel walls and prevents damage. With this inhibition of Cox 1 long term usage takes on the risk of heart attack, clots and stroke.
Curcumin does not inhibit Cox 1. Enough said. So do your own reading. You will not see a nation wide campaign to sell this product on National TV by the Drug companies. They don't sell it and they will not send studies supporting it's use to Doctors or health providers because.............there is no money in it. You are on your own to research and find a solution to pain that does not involve a drug company or orthopedic procedure.
5) Boswellia Seratta. Same deal as above but the recommended dosage is 1500 mg a day in divided doses. Never heard of it? The other name is Frankincense. Again not sold by drug companies.
6) Carbohydrates and sugar cause inflammation and heart disease. Avoid them and you will lose weight and reduce inflammation. Personally, I avoid all carbs and sugar until my evening meal then I limit the amount of them. Yes I am losing weight.....You just don't get as hungry doing this. IF I get hungry during the day and I have a handful of nuts.
7)Change your cooking standards. Use coconut oil for cooking ( a good oil). Just remember it is a low temperature oil like olive oil and does not become rancid with heat. Add spices to your meals like Turmeric and ginger. Both are anti inflammatory ( turmeric has curcumin up to 4%).
These changes will gradually change how you feel and you will feel better in a week or so and even a lot better as time goes on. The reversal of all that inflammation in your body will not occur instantaneously. Vitamin D, with a daily dosage of the same amount every day, has the blood level peak in three months!
I keep adding to this post. It is important to read my about page. If you have not read it, you are missing my rational for the way I think and the logic I use.