Chronic inflammation is often viewed as a silent killer, since it adversely affects the body in ways which are difficult to detect. Inflammation is actually a normal process that’s used to combat infections. When an infection occurs in the body, the immune system responds with the formation of swelling, redness and other associated symptoms. However, long-term inflammation can have a negative impact on a person’s health. To learn more about the dangers of chronic inflammation and how to prevent it, keep reading.
One of the biggest dangers associated with chronic inflammation is its impact on heart health. People who go throughout their daily lives in a constant state of inflammation are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. The swelling places pressure on the arteries and organs, elevating the individual’s blood pressure and increasing his or her risk of heart disease. Considering the fact that cardiovascular disease is the number of cause of death in the U.S., this should serve as a wake-up call to anyone battling who’s battling chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation may also lower the immune system’s ability to protect against foreign invaders. If a person is inflamed, his or her immune system is already working overtime (inflammation is triggered by the immune system); therefore, it won’t be able to effective protect against diseases and illnesses. Also, many pain conditions have strong ties to inflammation.
So, how can you protect your body from the dangerous effects of chronic inflammation? Studies have shown that regular exercise can decrease inflammation by 20-60%. Whether it’s running, walking, biking, playing tennis, swimming, etc., you should make it a point to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. Doing so will burn calories, build muscles, and lower inflammation within your body.
Diet and nutrition also play a key role in the prevention of inflammation. Foods high in trans fat and/or sugar should be avoided, as these ingredients are known to promote inflammation. However, other foods like salmon, tuna, organic coconut oil, olive oil, spinach, nuts, soy, beets, ginger and tumeric have the opposite effect by lowering inflammation. Ideally, you should focus your daily diet around lean meats and fresh vegetables and fruit, omitting processed items like fast food burgers and meals. There are numerous herbs and vitamin anti inflammatories that a good holistic doctor or nutritionist can help you find.
The centuries-old practice of acupuncture also helps reduce inflammation. Assuming you suffer from severe and/or chronic nausea, you can talk with your local acupuncturist for more information on whether acupuncture would be an effective natural nausea treatment for you.
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