If you’ve ever experienced an ailment or injury such as a pesky cold, you’re likely familiar with inflammation.
Is it bad or good? Most of you will say there is nothing good in it for it is all bad.
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the truth about inflammation – what causes it, how it affects the body, and ways to reduce or prevent it.
So read on for all you need to know about this important health issue!
What is inflammation? Why should we be concerned about it? Why should we even care?
Inflammation is a process that happens in your body and causes a lot of havoc. Inflammation is a natural part of the human body and can be triggered by allergies or your diet.
Now. There’s NOTHING WRONG with being inflamed UNLESS it’s chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
“You don’t need treatment. The fever, inflammation, coughing, etc., constitute the healing process. Just get out of their way and permit them to complete their work. Don’t try to ‘aid’ nature. She doesn’t need your puny aid-she only asks that you cease interfering.” Herbert M. Shelton
Inflammation: A Closer Look
As mentioned, inflammation is a natural process of the body’s immune system to injury or illness. It is important to know that inflammation is NOT ALWAYS BAD. It can be the central part of your body’s healing.
For example, if you had an injury like a cut on your arm. Without the inflammation process, your cut will not heal but would stay open. In this case, it is not good which in turn causes serious health problems. Inflammation unchecked may lead to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic illnesses.
“Inflammation is the cornerstone of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis – all of the neurodegenerative diseases are really predicated on inflammation.” David Perlmutter
How to Reduce Inflammation
You can reduce inflammation. These are some of the ways for you to do to reduce inflammation:
- Eating fruits, and vegetables,
- Exercising regularly,
- Sleeping well,
- Managing stress levels by practicing mindfulness techniques,
such as meditation or yoga
“Eat more Plants, Take more Walks, Drink more Water, Get more Sun, Eat fewer Snacks, Get more Sleep, Increase Muscle, Focus on Health, Be Patient.” – Anonymous
The Fats Factor
Again, inflammation is a natural process. It is another way for your body to express that something is going on.
For example, consider the presence of fats in your organs. The more fats you have, the more you are inflamed especially the visceral fats. It is important to consider your fat intake.
“Healthy eating isn’t about fat grams, dieting, cleanses and antioxidants; It’s about eating food untouched from the way we find it in nature in a balanced way” – Pooja Mottl, Author and Women’s Advocate
The Food Factor and Others
The reasons for inflammation could be many and your diet is one of them. What do you eat more often? There is such thing as an inflammatory diet like fast foods, sugars, candies, pasta, and bread.
Other reasons for inflammation include being sedentary, or not moving around. Being inactive can cause inflammation. On the other hand, too much activity or overuse of the body, for example as an athlete in a gym can also increase inflammation.
“I encourage people to pick up small habits like taking a walk after meals… we’ve become way too sedentary. Just move!” – Theo Rossi
Moreover, conditions like high blood pressure, high sugar levels, and high cholesterol can increase inflammation. You got to get them down. You do this by eating healthy and anti-inflammatory food especially plant-based, lean proteins and winding greens.
More Cautions on Food
Foods like red meat can be inflammatory. Most greens are inflammatory also. You can eat fruits and vegetables but be sure they do not have herbicides and pesticides. In place of drinking water, avoid drinking sodas, and anything with artificial sweeteners. And lastly, avoid eating colored food. They all cause inflammation.
Inflammation? What can you do about it? The good news is that there are things you CAN do to help reduce inflammation in your body, http://www.papsociety.org/prednisone/.
You can start by making small changes to your diet and seeing if that helps. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you reduce inflammation, please schedule a discovery call with us.
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