Chronic inflammation is starting to be understood as something dangerous to your overall health. In fact, scientists are finding more and more links between chronic inflammation and heart disease, depression, diabetes, and obesity. So, if you really want to make a big impact on your health then chronic inflammation should be at the forefront of your mind. Diet is a popular way to help control inflammation, but here are some other strategies that may be able to help.
What is Chronic Inflammation?
When you think of inflammation you may think of twisting your ankle or spraining your wrist and having it become swollen, hot and angry. That is a type of inflammation for sure, but that’s acute inflammation. It’s your body’s immune response to an injury or illness and it’s actually a good thing. Chronic inflammation is kind of liking your immune system’s “on” switch getting stuck – and this is not a good thing. When you suffer from chronic inflammation your body basically attacks its own cells and that can have some serious health consequences.
Chronic inflammation can absolutely be helped with diet – don’t discount that fact. Many foods have anti-inflammatory properties that are great for you while other foods have inflammatory properties that will only make it worse. But there are some other steps you can take outside your kitchen that can help curb inflammation.
Everyone knows that exercise is good for you and the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Moderate exercise has been found to decrease the inflammation markers in people’s bodies when done regularly. So, aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercises, such as walking, every week to help keep chronic inflammation at bay.
If you ingest environmental toxins then your immune system will recognize it and take steps to get rid of it, and this creates inflammation. Take steps to get toxic products out of your life by switching to natural cleaners and cosmetics without dangerous chemicals in them. Also, buy organic when you can in order to reduce your exposure to pesticides and herbicides.
If you cut your sleep short by even just a few hours every night it can trigger an inflammatory response in your body. You should try to get at least seven hours of sleep every single night. Also, take steps to improve the quality of your sleep by making the room as cool and dark as possible and getting rid of any electronic devices right before bed.
These strategies can help you to reduce inflammation and be healthier – try them out and see how much of a difference they make on how you feel!
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