August 4, 2020
First off let’s talk about inflammation. Inflammation isn’t always a bad thing, in fact, it is the body’s normal and protective response to infection or injury. Think about when you twist your ankle while you’re out running and it swells and becomes inflamed – this is the body responding appropriately and attempting to heal itself. The problem with inflammation comes when it becomes chronic. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks chronic diseases as the greatest threat to human health. According to recent studies, the prevalence of diseases associated with chronic inflammation is anticipated to increase persistently for the next 30 years in the United States.
What, exactly, is chronic inflammation? It is slow, long-term inflammation lasting for prolonged periods of several months to years. This low-grade, ongoing pain can permeate the body, causing swelling, heat, and redness of an affected organ or tissue due to the immune system attacking healthy cells. Such chronic inflammation can lead to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease, while also leading to a buildup of plaque in the arteries that increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, and a host of other ailments.
What, then, can we do to stave off inflammation? Eating a healthy, balanced diet is key. Certain foods work to suppress inflammation, so incorporating them into your daily diet will help to reduce your risk of chronic pain.
While adding certain foods can certainly help quell inflammation, limiting other foods is also an important step.
Dietary and lifestyle changes may truly be helpful in removing inflammation triggers and reducing chronic inflammation. Incorporating healthy, natural food like fresh fruits and veggies is imperative. Reducing stress, getting quality sleep, and maintaining a healthy weight are all parts of the equation as well.
If you’re dealing with chronic inflammation and need assistance, please contact me to set up and appointment. Let’s get you on your way to a healthier, happier you!