Inflammation is the body's natural response to promote healing after injury or damage to the body. In this case, acute inflammation, it is GOOD.
When acute inflammation becomes chronic inflammation it is BAD. Chronic inflammation has been associated with cancer, diabetes, depression, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's. Is that a big enough list for you?
How does chronic inflammation start in the body and how can you avoid it?
1. Eat - You are what you eat. You are either increasing the inflammation in your body by your diet or decreasing inflammation. Avoid excess grains, soda, sugars, hydrogenated oils, packaged foods, and dairy. Eat fruits and vegetables, fish, grass fed meat, nuts, spices (ginger, turmeric, garlic) red or sweet potatoes, and drink lots of water.
2. Stress - an increase the in the hormone cortisol due to stress has been linked to increase in obesity and inflammation. Decrease stress by getting enough sleep and exercise.
3. Probiotics - Research has shown that a good probiotic can decrease inflammation in the gut and throughout the body.
The most common symptom of chronic inflammation we see in the office is PAIN. Often with some nutritional support and supplements we can reverse the chronic inflammation in the body and allow the body to heal properly.
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