Normal inflammation is a healthy part of the healing process. The redness, swelling and heat that come from an injury is caused by the body’s attempt at self-preservation. Harmful irritants and damaged cells are all removed through inflammation.
The problem, of course, is when inflammation becomes self-perpetuating. This basic survival instinct can lead to a variety of seemingly unrelated health issues, including heart disease, asthma and even cancer. Some experts even insist that inflammation is a key cause in most lifestyle and degenerative diseases.
Thankfully, chronic inflammation is becoming recognized by the medical community as the serious, ongoing threat that it is. Because of this, many people who have felt ill “for no reason” over a period of years are now beginning to receive treatment for this condition.
Chronic inflammation refers to a long-term inflammation, which can last for months or even years. It’s typically the result of the following factors:
- The body is unable to eliminate what was causing an acute inflammation, leading to an unending battle.
- The body is constantly exposed to an irritant of low intensity and is battling it continuously without making any progress.
- The immune system mistakes healthy tissue in the body as a harmful pathogen and attacks it accordingly.
While there’s no real way to “cure” chronic inflammation, there are steps that you can take to reduce it naturally. Here are five chiropractor-approved steps you can take to reduce your chronic inflammation naturally.
- Talk to your chiropractor. Your doctor of chiropractic understands and can treat chronic inflammation. You will benefit from chiropractic treatments to soothe the pain you’re feeling and the information that your chiropractor can share with you on how to manage your symptoms at home.
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Foods that are high in carbohydrates rapidly raise the blood sugar levels in your body, which can actually increase inflammation. Foods like fish and walnuts that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids can decrease inflammation in the body, as can fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Find out your optimum weight and stick to it. Now is the time to have a frank and honest discussion with your chiropractic team about your ideal weight and how you can attain weight loss. Even a few extra pounds can mean increased levels of inflammation, especially if you are apple shaped.
- Start an exercise plan that you can stick to. Consistent and regular physical exercise is one of the best ways to cope with chronic inflammation. Regular exercise decreases your risk of heart disease, which is considered to be a disease caused by inflammation. There’s no benefit in overly strenuous workouts, two and a half hours a week is optimum.
- Lower your stress levels. Many experts believe that our emotions are a leading cause of inflammation. Stress encourages the body to overproduce cytokines, which are pro-inflammatory. Unresolved stress makes the immune system less efficient, thereby encouraging it to overwork.
Your chiropractic team is a wonderful resource for chronic inflammation advice. If you think you may be suffering from this syndrome, it’s time to make an appointment to visit your chiropractor. He or she will be able to help you heal yourself naturally, without the use of steroids or anti-inflammatory medications.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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