Inflammation is the body’s response to injury, pain, or stress. While inflammation is a symptom that your body is hurting, it’s also a sign that it’s healing because inflammation occurs when your body is repairing the damage. You’ll see this inflammation in action through the redness, swelling, and pain that occurs as your body works to heal.
While inflammation is natural, normal, and needed for proper healing, it can also have a negative affect if it goes on for too long. Why? Because inflammation is supposed to be a temporary response, called acute inflammation. If your body is continually challenged by injury or irritants, then your immune system is forced to constantly produce inflammation to treat the trouble or trauma.
But this ongoing healing is too much for your body handle. This persistent process produces too much inflammation and your body is suddenly unable to stop it. That’s when the healing turns to harming as it starts to do damage to the healthy tissue. This process is called chronic inflammation and it’s basically your body attacking itself. This can cause chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, stroke, cancer, depression, obesity, joint pain, and more.
So how does inflammation go from a common response to a chronic risk? It seems like our unhealthy habits are often to blame. Too many calories and too little exercise. Too much stress and not enough sleep. An excess of work and a lack of relaxation. All of these factors keep causing damage and your body can’t handle the healing. Then the process spirals out of control and your body is under attack.
And now it seems that inflammation is not only due to poor health or diet, but also is related to aging. As we get older, our cells naturally change and cause the immune system to produce chronic, low-level inflammation throughout our bodies. Since it appears that inflammation is a fact of life and lifestyle, you need to prevent this process from leading to major problems.
But since chronic inflammation occurs inside your body, you often don’t know it’s happening until the damage is done. But rather than wait for the warning signs, you should take your health into your hands and get tested for any trouble. All you need is some basic blood work to measure for markers of inflammation. Since these fast and easy blood tests can essentially save your life, it’s a good idea to get tested to protect yourself and your health.
And if these tests detect inflammation, consider yourself very lucky that you caught it before it caught up with you. Now you can focus on simple ways to reduce and reverse the problem.
Fortunately, just as the choices you made may have caused the inflammation, your choices can also correct it. Better nutrition and healthier living can restore your immune system’s healthy balance and reduce your risk of future inflammation.
And best of all, you can get started right away. Try to limit foods high in sugar, salt, and saturated fat that are known to cause inflammation. Then replace them with anti-inflammatory foods like lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and heart-healthy fats. And since lifestyle can also be to blame, try making healthier choices like exercising more and stressing less. For more proven and powerful ways to reduce and reverse inflammation, start with these small changes to your diet and day:
- Maintain a low-fat, balanced diet
- Eat more fruits and vegetables, which are high in inflammation-fighting phytonutrients
- Get the proper amount of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals
- Control your cholesterol levels
- Get sufficient sleep
- Reduce your emotional stress
- Make time for work and for play
Inflammation is a contradiction that both cures and causes problems. But by making healthier choices in the way you eat and live, you can make sure that inflammation stays a remedy instead of an enemy.
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