Inflammation is a word that takes our minds to a very visual, uncomfortable place. Generally, the feeling of inflammation momentarily creeps into our lives, maybe after a big night out on the booze, or after we sprain an ankle at the gym. But what about the other type of inflammation; the one growing inside of us?
What is that inflammation all about?
Inflammation as a whole is our body’s way of protecting itself from infection, illness, and injury. As a part of the inflammatory response, our bodies increase its production of the white blood cells, immune cells and substances called cytokines that help fight infection.
Inflammation attacks the body in a couple of different ways. Some general signs of short-term, acute inflammation include pain, redness, heat and swelling. This is the type of pain that we physically feel, and generally get immediate treatment for, so that the inflammation can go down.
But what about the ‘other type of inflammation’?
This type of inflammation is classified as ‘chronic’, or better known as ‘long-term’ and it is a cheeky little thing, as it tends to target your insides instead, leaving no trace of symptoms behind. Unfortunately, this is the one we need to seriously watch out for because it can be the driving force of many illnesses and diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, IBD, fatty liver and cancer.
Okay, so how does someone determine whether they have this inflammation?
- You have headaches often
- You have aches and pains
- Your nose is stuffy
- Your skin breaks out often
- You have brain fog
- You have heartburn
- You have moments of depression or anxiety
So, what are the reasons for this type of inflammation?
In some cases, the leading aggravator for this type of inflammation can actually be stress. So get your Zen on! However, stress isn’t the only reason why inflammation inside the body occurs. There are many other lifestyle factors, especially typical ones can create inflammation.
Diet has a huge impact.
There are especially harmful foods that should definitely be avoided because they’re considered to be extremely inflammatory. They’re the following:
- High fructose corn syrup
- White bread
- Cakes and biscuits
- Vegetable oils
- Processed and packaged food
- Excessive alcohol
Another game changer is exercise.
If you’re not exercising, you’re increasing your levels of inside inflammation. So, let’s get physical.
If you’re planning on taking your inflammatory lifestyle to the next level, then you should consider this…
Throw in some supplements such as fish oils and turmeric. Turmeric is known to reduce joint and muscle inflammation. Consider natural healing properties, such as hemp/CBD to either consume or topically apply or make sure that you’re getting plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep can also cause inflammation.
In any case, chronic inflammation is unhealthy and can cause disease. Your diet and lifestyle are responsible for driving inflammation or makes it worse. Always choose anti-inflammatory foods for a healthier happier life. And do yourself a favour, by checking out the ‘anti-inflammatory’ diet.