Inflammation is a part of life. While acute inflammatory conditions protect the body, chronically inflamed tissues will become harmful over time. Swelling of tissues is the body’s natural way to defend itself from internal or external trauma. Acute or primary inflammation naturally protects the body from illnesses or injury. Chronic inflammation, however, can lead to illness and disease if not treated.
Chronic swelling in the body is caused by a variety of factors including environmental hazards, chemicals, allergens, as well as lifestyle habits including poor diet, inactivity, obesity, and stress. When the immune system is overburdened by the ongoing irritations, it can cause many serious and life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, respiratory ailments, gastrointestinal problems, bone and joint aches, back pain, autoimmune diseases, and some cancers.
While there are many uncontrollable external or environmental factors that affect our health, there are also many controllable lifestyle choices that we can change to reduce chronic inflammation.
1. Eat Healthy
Foods high in sugar, refined starches, saturated fats, Omega 6 fats, chemicals, and preservatives attack the body causing the tissues to swell. By replacing bad eating habits with healthier ones, your body will be able to work at its optimal best.
2. Stress Management
Stress is known for causing many chronic and life-threatening conditions including inflammatory conditions. Like inflammatory conditions, chronic stress is responsible for many diseases including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, migraines, gastrointestinal conditions, and inflammation.
3. Avoid Allergens
Known and unknown allergies irritate the body causing certain areas to swell. By avoiding products that you are allergic to, you will eliminate the swelling of the tissues caused by the aggressive product. Asking for allergy testing if you suspect an adverse reaction, can help you find out what you are possibly allergic to.
4. Drink Your Water
Water is essential to keep the body hydrated. When you don’t drink enough water, the harmful substances are not flushed out of the body. Tissues cannot function properly when they’re poorly lubricated. Our body is made up mostly of water and needs an adequate daily supply to function at its optimal best. Water flushes out impurities in the body, helping it naturally fight inflammation.
5. Visit Your Chiropractor
Inflamed tissues can be very harmful to the spinal column, causing back and neck pain as well as headaches. Regular visits with your chiropractor will help reduce the inflammation in the spinal area and maintain and healthy back.
Chiropractic is a holistic medicine that promotes the body’s natural healing powers. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we work with our clients to develop healthier life choices to reduce inflammation by educating and promoting healthy alternatives.
Chronic inflammation can cause many long term and life threatening illnesses over time if not treated. By adopting healthier lifestyle habits like eating well, exercising more, managing stress and visiting your chiropractor, you can naturally reduce the harmful inflammation in your body.