Everyone is talking about inflammation and how bad it is for your health. And many consider inflammation to be at the root of most chronic disease. But do you know what inflammation is and why it’s so bad for you?
Inflammation is generally recognized by one or more of the following; heat, redness, swelling and pain. These are caused by and increase blood supply to an infected or injured area. This is a normal immune response and is the body’s defense mechanism for removing harmful toxins, pathogens, irritants and damaged cells. Basically, the inflammatory cells isolate the problem and help to heal tissue.
However, if inflammation goes unchecked or becomes chronic, your body remains on high-alert which causes strain to many organs and systems over time.
Diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, kidney disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, autoimmune disorders and cancer are linked back to chronic and often invisible inflammation.
In addition, inflammation is also thought to be the cause for these common health challenges:
- body aches and pains
- irregular elimination
- skin outbreaks
- frequent infections
- advanced aging
- weight gain & weight loss resistant
You may not be aware that you have chronic inflammation because much of it is invisible. So how do you know if you have it or not? If you have any of the conditions listed above, or if you are obese, intake a high amount of saturated fat or sugar often and are getting older you are most likely experiencing chronic inflammation.
Is it possible to reduce or avoid chronic inflammation?
There are drugs you can take, but it’s best to reduce inflammation naturally if possible. Start by switching to a low-glycemic diet (restrict sugar intake) and reduce saturated fats. Increasing exercise, not stressful exercise like running marathons or extreme sports, helps as well. Finally, try to reduce stress through lifestyle changes and stress relief practices. When your body is a state of distress or alarmed, your nervous system is in a state of fight or flight and cannot accomplish heal and repair activities very well. The more you can calm your nervous system, the more your body can heal itself.
Do you have one of the conditions mentioned in this article? Has your doctor spoken with you about reducing chronic inflammation? What tips were you given? Share your experience and insights in the comments below and help others reach their goals.
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