Inflammation is a vital part of the immune system’s response to injury and infection. But while acute inflammation has its place within the body, chronic inflammation does not. Chronic inflammation can have long-term and whole-body effects including: aches and pains, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke, cancer and even autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Inflammation has become one of the top causes of numerous health problems in today’s day in age, which is a result of poor diet, lifestyle choices and environmental exposures. Let’s take a look at some different practices and modifications we can make to limit inflammation within our bodies.
- Avoid foods that promote inflammation within the body. Some of these include: fried foods, trans and some saturated fats, processed sugar, milk products, commercially raised meats, alcohol, refined grains and food additives.
- Avoid reactive foods. These foods can differ from person to person, depending on your gut health. Some of these include: gluten, lactose, nuts, eggs and nightshades.
- Increase foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Try: wild caught fish, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, olives, olive oil and avocados.
- Include foods that are high in antioxidants and polyphenols. Including: green leafy vegetables, berries, raw cacao and herbs.
- Get good quality sleep. Sleep is when our body’s in restorative mode. I cannot stress enough the importance of good quality sleep for controlling inflammation. 7-8 hours a night in a fully dark, quiet room.
- Proper weight management. Weight management is important in maintaining a healthy immune system and controlling inflammation.
If you want to have a healthy, energized body then it is crucial to keep inflammation under control. Start by removing the things in your diet that cause inflammation and then focus on eating the right foods and incorporating lifestyle habits that keep your inflammation to a minimum. If you are curious to learn more about how to lower your risk of chronic diseases or just how to live a happy, healthy and stress-free life then working with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, like myself, may be exactly what you need. Call the spa today to book a consultation.