Do you struggle with acid reflux or heartburn, acne, back pain, allergies (food or seasonal), asthma, high cholesterol or blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, anxiety or depression, chronic fatigue or migraines? Then you need to read this article. These are just some of the problems caused by chronic inflammation.
Many times inflammation gets a bad rap. I know for a long time after I was vaguely told inflammation was the problem causing my back pain, I thought inflammation was evil.
But the truth is, inflammation is the body trying to heal itself. It isn’t a bad thing. It is a natural and extremely helpful process that the body goes through when there is an irritation present, like spraining an ankle for example. The alarm sounds, and your body goes to work healing the ankle. Then, once its job is done, inflammation goes away.
The problem occurs when inflammation becomes chronic. It is as if the alarm bells are sounding in your body at all times. When you are in a constant state of emergency, and there is no real threat, a lot of other important body processes get stalled. Consequently, this makes can set off a chain reaction that causes all sorts of issues, from respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, fibromyalgia, and so on. You can read more in It Starts With Food, an excellent book describing how many of our diseases can be resolved by the way we eat.
The scary thing is that our bodies are amazing and can stand a lot of junk we feed them, but once you go down the path of chronic inflammation, all kinds of bad things start happening. The good news is it is reversible!
Some foods can help reduce chronic inflammation:
Some foods cause an inflammatory response in the body. Many proponents of the Paleo diet and the Ketogenic diet recommend taking out certain food groups because they can increase inflammation:
It can be helpful to add supplements to your diet to fight chronic inflammation:
Stress and inflammation can go hand in hand. It is stressful on the body when it is in a state of chronic inflammation. Some other remedies, in addition to diet changes and supplementation could include an exercise plan and a way to relax more.
Get a massage, practice meditation, journal, or use deep breathing techniques. In addition, our homes are filled with many toxic chemicals, so replacing our cleaning and personal products with more natural versions can help as well. All of these work together with your diet to take your body out of chronic inflammation.
For those of you who would like a plan laid out for you of what to do, here is my recommendation. I am working on all of these as well, since my family has had many of the issues I listed above, and I still have back pain.
Do you or someone in your family have chronic inflammation? What have remedies have you tried?
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