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Are You Inflamed? Tips for Ending the Swelling

By Genevieve Cunningham

Inflammation. When most of us hear that word, we think of an injury that is swollen and sore. We think of applying ice and managing the inflammation with the cold and medicines. But as it turns out, there are actually many other kinds of inflammation, and one of the most bothersome and most prevalent is systemic inflammation in the body. More and more people are finding out that their bodies are seriously inflamed and they don't even realize it! Our lifestyles are leading us toward this unhealthy trend, and it can be hard to make it stop. So what can we do? If you're ready to end the inflammation in your body and feel better than ever before, take a look at these tips to help you get moving in the right direction. 

Check for Triggering Foods

Though there are certainly some foods that are more inflammatory than others, every person's body is going to react and respond differently. Pay attention to which foods make you feel bloated and swollen. For some, it's dairy. For others, it's peanuts. The key is to find those inflammatory triggers for you, and then eliminate them from your diet as much as possible.

Eliminate Toxins

Toxins are everywhere. They're in our water. They're in our cleaning supplies. They're in our skincare. Many toxins can contribute to inflammation. You may notice the inflammation in the sinuses or in the skin or in the gut. But if you can eliminate as many toxins as you can, it's possible that the inflammation will go down. How can you do this? Filter your water, buy safe products, and go organic when possible. Though it won't solve all of your problems, it might be a good step in the right direction.

Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Because so many people are walking around inflamed, doctors and researchers are coming up with diets made specifically to reduce inflammation. For many, these work wonders! You may have to adjust your diet and make some changes, but most agree that the effort is worth it. To find these diet plans, do a quick internet search that can lead you to books and research papers to help you get started. For extensive help, just ask your doctor, who can likely point you in the right direction.

Inflammation is not fun. It feels bad. It looks bad. And of course, it's just not healthy. Use these tips to reduce the inflammation in your body, and you may feel and look better than ever before in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lafayette, La.

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