Whether we are aware of it or not, most of us experience inflammation on a daily basis. We probably think of inflammation as the redness, swelling, and pain that we get upon injury. While this is true, it represents only one kind of inflammation, called acute inflammation. Inflammation, by itself, is a natural process and without it, healing could not take place in the body. Acute inflammation is the body’s reaction to injury, helping to aid in repair and protect damaged tissue. However, inflammation can become extremely dangerous, even deadly, if it manifests as chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other autoimmune disorders.
Here are four ways to decrease inflammation naturally:
Work it, baby!
Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, while lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and improving mood and anxiety disorders. If you’re not used to exercising, or feel overwhelmed by the idea of starting an exercise routine again, fret not! Start slowly by simply getting moving every day. Exercise does not need to take place in a gym; gardening, cleaning, walking, biking, stretching, and other forms of physical activity can be slowly incorporated into an everyday lifestyle.
Trim it down.
Excess fat stored in fat cells (adipose tissue), causes inflammation and inflammatory processes to occur in the body. These inflammatory processes can lead to type II diabetes. Diet modification, food portion control, and exercise will go a long way to controlling this extra fat. Incorporate healthy foods into your diet to reduce inflammation, and increase overall health.
Stress has been linked with heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, depression, diabetes, colds, kidney disease, asthma, ulcers, and cancer (to name just a few) and has been shown to raise C-reactive protein, increasing inflammation in the body. Incorporating stress relief methods into your daily routine can go a long way in easing inflammation. Meditation to clear the mind, spending quality time with loved ones, yoga and tai chi, and laughing daily are all ways to bring on inner peace. Many Chiropractors find that people carry a lot of stress in their shoulders, neck, and lower back. Regular adjustments, as well as incorporating the stress-less habits outlined above can greatly aid stress management.
Herbs like turmeric, ginger, and boswellin have been proven to decrease inflammation naturally, providing benefits for those suffering from arthritis. Consider incorporating more fresh herbs and spices into your meals at home, as many contain beneficial compounds that boost our body’s ability to heal itself naturally.
The information contained above is not intended to treat or diagnose any conditions. Please consult with your health care provider or doctor before embarking on any dietary or exercise changes.
Live well, be well!
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