If you're one of the nearly 4% of the world's population affected by one of more than 80 different autoimmune diseases and have decided that reducing inflammation in your body is how you want to tackle your condition, this site is for you.
The Framework I Use For Tackling Inflammation
All the research I've done consistently suggests the following elements as factors in managing inflammation in the body.
Keto, paleo, carnivore, vegan (gasp). Diet is one of the most researched factors in tackling inflammation. If you visit our Recipes section you can find a range of low-inflammation food options tested and reviewed along a range of factors.
Fasting and intermittent fasting (IF) is becoming more and more popular to help manage insulin and inflammation. Fasting involves not doing something which may be a pro or a con depending on your point of view. Visit our blog to find tips and tricks to make this easier.
Gut-Health and Microbiome
An area of research that is becoming more popular. The gut and microbiome is another potentially key element in managing inflammation. We primarily manage this through diet and fasting (no, that doesn't mean just drinking Yakult), however, there are some articles in our blog that cover specific topics in relation to this area.
Sleep and rest
Proper sleep and recovery help manage cortisol and stress. If you're also training and exercising, a good nights rest will also aid your recovery. Tips are available in our blog.
Chronic stress is one of the biggest sources of inflammation. Whilst good diet, sleep, and rest help manage stress. People, mindset and other factors can help deal with chronic stress. Visit our blog for specific topics.
Making It Work For Your Lifestyle
We generally know 'what' to do when tackling inflammation. The 'how' is a little trickier. That's why this site breaks out information based on:
Recipes - Stuff you can make at home. However, it's not all about taste and nutrition. We also look at difficulty, if it can be meal-prepped, and a range of other factors.
Eating Out - We still need to have a life. Eating Out is where you'll find reviews of restaurants, cafes and places to eat out that are typically low-inflammation friendly.
Saving Time - We have enough to do in our day. Saving Time covers options and reviews on food and supplements you can buy pre-prepped.
Blog - Articles covering specific topics that don't fit so neatly into the other areas above.
Where I'm Coming From
In 2009, I was diagnosed with multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) with conduction block which is an autoimmune disease that affects my peripheral nerves. For a couple of years, before I actually got off my ass to see the doctor, I was noticing my hands and feet losing strength and dexterity. I would literally be tripping over my own feet.
After getting diagnosed and being told I was potentially 1 of 200 people with the condition in the world, I went out and bought a lotto ticket. I was also placed on Intravenous Immunoglobuline (IVIg) to help suppress my immune system, which has been an immense help. I have recovered most of my strength and dexterity and aside from having to go to the hospital for treatment every month to keep receiving my IVIg, for the most part, I live a normal life.
While I'm grateful to have mostly recovered, the nerve conduction tests indicate that the disease is still in my system and my doctor advises that I may deteriorate further as I age. I've always known that my treatment only attacks the symptoms but not the cause. Similarly to all autoimmune diseases, the root cause is inflammation in my body. I always knew I would need to tackle this to be truly free from this condition. As I researched how to do this, I found a boatload of information which is great. But knowing is only half the battle, as they say, the tricky part is implementing the knowledge whilst still living a fuller life as possible (and having some ice cream every now and then).
That's what this site and the resources I provide here are; A consolidation of all the resources and information distilled into a framework to help me to tackle the inflammation in my body and still maximise my life (and have my ice cream). I'm not out to convince you on any particular method, treatment, or diet as being better than the other or sway your opinion on anything. There's so much that science doesn't understand about the human body and everybody is different, so find what works for you. If that's here then that's awesome. If not then don't keep looking and don't give up!
TLDR: I have an autoimmune disease that I'm trying to beat while still living a high-level life.
How it's working for me
Adapting my lifestyle to be low inflammation has actually been a lot of fun and even though I still receive IVIg every month, there have been clear indications that the inflammation in my body has reduced; my dermatitis on my face has settled way down. My mood and focus are so much better. Even my dentist who used to notice inflammation in my mouth and throat has said my body doesn't seem inflamed anymore.
I still have a long way to go as MMN has already damaged my nerves and those will take several months to a year to heal even if I stopped my condition dead. However, regardless of the outcome nothing is quite as good as health feels.
Oh, and no I didn't win the lotto =)