Inflammation is behind so many health issues. It can contribute to heart disease, Alzheimer's, and even cancer. But did you know it can also affect various systems in your body? It can cause skin rashes and blotchiness, irritated airways, nasal congestion (that won't go away), and puffy puffiness under your eyes. Here's a look at some of the most common causes of inflammation, and how you can avoid them for a healthier lifestyle:
MOST COMMON CAUSES
Joint pain and stiffness caused by the wear and tear of cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in our joints. Inflammation in the joints can cause pain and swelling. Chronic diseases like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, asthma, or celiac disease can cause inflammation in other parts of the body outside of the joints. Cancer cells release chemicals into the bloodstream that signal white blood cells to move toward the cancer cells so that they can be destroyed by immune system response (your body's natural defenses). This helps protect against tumors from spreading throughout your body.
HOW TO AVOID INFLAMMATION
1. Load up on anti-inflammatory foods: One of our best weapons against inflammation is food. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, flavonoids, carotenoids and polyphenols all act as powerful anti-inflammatory agents.* These nutrients are highly concentrated in leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale; berries like blueberries and acai; root vegetables like potatoes; seeds such as flaxseeds; organic red meats like grass fed beef.
2.Inflammation is often associated with obesity and poor diet. Think about how you feel when you eat something greasy or fried or drink soda: Your body reacts in a very negative way and you feel terrible afterwards. This is because these foods are causing inflammation in your body, which is an abnormal reaction.** If you're overweight or obese, then losing a few pounds can reduce your risk of developing health problems like heart disease and diabetes. And if you already have those conditions, then losing weight can help you manage them better.
3.Control blood sugar. Limit simple carbohydrates like flour, white rice, refined sugar and other sweets that can trigger an inflammatory response in the body by spiking your blood glucose levels. Bear in mind that many packaged foods contain added sugars so you may want to read labels carefully when shopping for food that contains real ingredients instead of synthetic additives.
4.Stress can increase inflammation in the body. Managing stress is important if you're interested in fighting inflammation. Consider meditation, exercise, and eating a healthy diet to help manage your stress level.
Inflammation can lead to so many different health issues. It all starts with bad eating and a sedentary lifestyle. Well my friends, we are in luck. We can help ease this issue by nourishing your body with a healthy diet, exercising regularly and finding time to manage stress properly. You will begin to feel better as you incorporate this routine into your busy lives. Enjoy your health!