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Inflammation is basically a natural response of your immune system to danger. Your body activates it to protect itself from injuries, toxins, and infections by releasing chemicals (proteins and antibodies) and increasing blood flow in the affected area. The process takes a few hours or days. This acute inflammation is, therefore, good for you.
However, in cases of chronic inflammation, this response keeps your body in a perpetual state of alertness, leaving a negative trace on your tissues and organs. Some symptoms that could indicate this condition are abdominal and chest pain, fever, fatigue, rashes, and mouth sores. Also, some studies have found a link between chronic inflammation and various health conditions, such as asthma and cancer. There can be many things that are causing chronic inflammation, including chronic stress, consumption of alcohol and cigarettes, and obesity.
The treatment of chronic inflammation usually includes anti-inflammatory drugs, but more and more experts are willing to admit that there is much more to this than reaching for the medicine cabinet.
Here are some tips on reducing chronic inflammation with diet and exercise.
There are foods that are considered to be triggering inflammation more than others.
There is the other side of the coin – anti-inflammatory foods. Here are some that can help:
Chronic inflammation makes your system particularly sensitive, so a balanced diet is more than important in these cases. Depending on your specific symptoms, you will need to introduce more of a certain nutrient than you would in your regular diet. That’s why supplements are often used in the treatment of inflammatory conditions. However, because supplements are often not regulated and some manufacturers are not disclosing all of their ingredients, some of them can further disturb your body.
So how can you get the best of both worlds? Well, many people are making their own supplements using a manual capsule filling machine and choosing ingredients from scratch. This way, you’re not only getting all of the nutrients you need, but also avoiding the unpleasant taste of some foods you don’t like but have to consume because of your health condition.
Exercise is an often overlooked but effective way to stand up to inflammation, not only to reduce it but also to prevent it. In fact, there is a study proving that physical activity can reduce inflammation by up to 12 percent. Intense exercise could, on the other hand, worsen your condition. Here are some physical activities that could help you alleviate the symptoms of inflammation:
Chronic conditions such as inflammation require a lifestyle change along with following the recommendations of your physician. Getting rid of bad habits, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, is the beginning. Changing your diet and fitness routine will seal the deal.