How does chronic inflammation impact the body?
When you have chronic inflammation, your body’s inflammatory response can eventually start damaging healthy cells, tissues, and organs. Over time, this can lead to DNA damage, tissue death, and internal scarring.
All of these are linked to the development of several diseases, including:
- heart disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
- type 2 diabetes
- neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease
More and more doctors are finding chronic inflammation is the underlying cause of several debilitating conditions.
- Chronic Fatique
What can help address the underlining cause of inflammation?
- Myofascial Release
Restrictions in the fascia causes pain, tension and restrictions in motion. The bodies response is inflamation.
By addressing these restrictions directly, inflammation is reduced or eliminated.
- What you eat can play both a positive and negative role in managing chronic inflammation.
A variety of foods have anti-inflammatory properties. These include foods that are high in antioxidants and polyphenols, such as:
leafy greens, such as kale and spinach
fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel
fruits, especially cherries, blueberries, and oranges
If you’re looking to rethink your eating habits, consider trying the Mediterranean diet. A 2018 study found that participants following this diet had lower markers of inflammation. This adds to the health benefits found in other studies surrounding the Mediterranean diet.
Foods to avoid
The following foods can increase inflammation in some people:
refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries
fried foods, such as French fries
processed meat, such as hot dogs and sausage
If you’re trying to fight inflammation, try to reduce your intake of these foods. You don’t have to completely eliminate them, but try to eat them only occasionally.
Supplements. Certain supplements may help to reduce inflammation. Fish oil, lipoic acid, and curcumin are all linked to decreasing inflammation associated with diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Several spices may also help with chronic inflammation and inflammatory disease, including ginger, garlic, and cayenne.
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