Chronic Inflammation Is Not Your Friend!
By Donna Stark
It's generally easy to know when your body is experiencing acute inflammation. The swollen ankle after a fall, the raised bump where a bug took its bite, or the redness around a burn are great examples of common inflammation. And even though it may look bad at first glance, acute inflammation is actually a good sign that your body is working the way it should, and that it is starting to heal. But there is another type of inflammation you need to know about. And this type isn't doing your body the same type of favors.
The Problems of Chronic Inflammation
Inflammation occurs when the body releases chemicals that signal a response from the immune system. Chronic inflammation occurs when the body doesn't stop releasing those chemicals. This constant release of chemicals can eventually damage the body's healthy cells, tissues, and organs, which can lead to an increased risk of the following health conditions.
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer's disease
Signs of Chronic Inflammation
If you are concerned about chronic inflammation, talk with a trusted medical professional, but in the meantime, take a look at how chronic inflammation can affect your overall health and wellness.
- Low energy and fatigue - The energy that would be used to get through the day is instead being used to fight the inflammation
- Body pain - Chronic inflammation can cause damage to the body's muscles and joints, resulting in pain and discomfort
- Allergies - If you are constantly dealing with watery eyes and a runny nose, you could be chronically inflamed
- Rashes - Skin rashes such as eczema or psoriasis are associated with a hypersensitive immune system
- Poor digestion - Abdominal pain, bloating, and poor digestion are common signs of inflammation
How to Reduce Inflammation Levels
Fortunately, you can reduce the levels of inflammation and start healing your body with some simple changes to your lifestyle. Here are some simple tips to try.
- Remove foods that cause inflammation, such as sugar, dairy, and simple carbohydrates
- Consume more lean protein, vegetables, and healthy fats
- Incorporate at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise into your daily routine
- Minimize as much stress as you can and learn how to respond to the rest more effectively
- Prioritize sleep and follow a consistent bedtime routine
- Ask your family physician about supplements that may be able to help
Improving Your Overall Health
Chronic inflammation is a problem you can start working on right away. With some simple changes to your lifestyle and some guidance from your doctor, you will be able to improve your overall health and wellness in no time!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Acworth, Ga.