For many years conditions such as asthma and arthritis have been associated with inflammation. But in today’s society, where long-term illnesses have become prevalent, other conditions like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes have also been linked to chronic inflammation.
WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?
Inflammation is the body’s way of healing, repairing and protecting itself. For instance, when we get a scrape or cut inflammation is the first line of defense in helping to stop the bleeding. However, this is meant to be a short-term response. The problem occurs when inflammation and the effects of inflammation persist.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT CHRONIC INFLAMMATION?
A poor diet, lack of physical activity and excessive weight gain can all be major contributors to chronic inflammation, which can lead to disorders of the heart and joints as well as cancers of the lung and digestive tract.
Additionally, inflammation can result in skin conditions, affect oral health and even interfere with getting a good night’s sleep. Thus, nutrition and exercise become extremely vital in rectifying and curbing the damage that can be brought about by persistent or chronic inflammation.
At Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center, we take an all-natural approach to treatment and therapy. We believe that with the right guidance and management, the human body can work wonders. Therefore, please consider the below information to improve your wellbeing and prevent the onset of debilitating diseases.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Incorporate foods that combat inflammation such as those rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids (Omega-3s and Omega-6s) to lessen the likelihood of developing certain diseases, support a strong immune system and help regulate central bodily functions.
- Beans e.g. black beans and lentils.
- Fish e.g. wild Alaskan salmon,sardines and tuna.
- Fruits e.g. apples, blueberries, oranges, plums and strawberries.
- Nuts e.g. walnuts, peanuts and almonds.
- Seeds e.g. flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
- Vegetables e.g. beets, broccoli, kale, spinach and squashes.
- Cut back on inflammatory-causing foods. Check out our previous post titled “3 Foods that cause Inflammation” for more details on ridding your diet of common but harmful items that create serious health issues.
- Remember that balance also plays a key role. Making smart meal choices, staying active and looking after your body go a long way in transforming your life for the better.