Why is it that despite the most advanced healthcare technology ever, we keep getting sicker and sicker?
The answer: Chronic Inflammation.
Scientists now believe that inflammation is THE major driver of all chronic diseases. From chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and digestive disorders… to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Even depression is now thought to be caused by inflammation.
So I think it’s fair to say that reducing inflammation should be very high on your radar if you want to live a long and healthy life!
The great news is that once you understand what causes inflammation and see how quickly your actions can either fan or cool the flames, you can begin to make better choices every day that bring you back into balance.
ACUTE VS CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
First, let’s talk about the difference between acute and chronic inflammation…the Good and the Ugly!
While inflammation is a perfectly normal and beneficial process that occurs when your body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses (Acute inflammation = Good), it leads to trouble when the inflammatory response gets out of hand and is on 24/7 (Chronic inflammation = Ugly).
6 STEPS TO REDUCING INFLAMMATION
Here’s 6 steps you can take right now to reduce inflammation in your body and reap the benefits. How does more energy and less aches and pain sound?
STEP 1: Reduce consumption of processed food. Besides being loaded with sugar and flour (and a bunch of things that I can’t even pronounce), they are very high in Omega-6, which is pro-inflammatory.
STEP 2: Increase consumption of anti-inflammatory omega 3. Eat more oily fish, like wild salmon or sardines, or take a good quality fish oil supplement.
STEP 3: Address food sensitivities/leaky gut. These are a very common source of low-grade inflammation, and figuring out any specific foods that you are reacting to can make a big difference. Learn more about leaky gut here.
STEP 4: Improve gut health/look for gut infection. Very often, the seed of chronic inflammation (and a lot of other health issues) start with the gut, and improving gut health can have a huge impact on reducing inflammation.
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STEP 5: Reduce Stress. Stress wreaks havoc with your body. Until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress influences disease and health. Now researchers have found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. Less Stress = Less Inflammation.
STEP 6: Reduce toxic exposure. Reducing your exposure to toxins can go a long way to reducing inflammation, and it’s easier than you may think.
You can see that countering chronic inflammation takes a combined approach because it arises from a combination of causes. The good news is that so much of it is in your control.