Inflammation in our bodies

Inflammation in our bodies

When you hear the word inflammation, you might think of a wound. When there is a potential source of harm such as a toxin or infection in our body, our body triggers a response to help protect that area. This part of our body will receive extra protein, antibodies, and a greater flow of blood to assist in reducing the potential damage.

Inflammation is great for fighting off problems in our bodies but sometimes our bodies can enter a state of prolonged inflammation. The body can be confused into thinking that there is a foreign body attacking it and so produces a continuous inflammatory response in an attempt to alleviate the perceived threat. Essentially, the body begins to attack itself, which in the long term can have a negative effect on our arteries, blood vessels, and joints.

Prolonged inflammation can also give rise to autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, and even Alzheimer’s.

External factors such as stress, lack of sleep, smoking, poor diet, old age, and the onset of obesity can also create prolonged inflammation, but there are many simple lifestyle changes you can make to prevent chronic inflammation.

Did you know that foods that we eat in our daily lives can actually contribute to that inflammation? Pasta, refined carbohydrates, processed meals and red meat can all add to the problem.

But there are alternatives. A swap of coffee to a turmeric latte can be a great simple step. Turmeric is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and lowers your blood sugar levels.

Foods that you can incorporate in your diet should include antioxidants and polyphenols, like leafy greens, tomatoes, nuts, blueberries, and oranges.

The Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fish, whole grains, legumes, fruits and veggies, is highly recommended as an anti-inflammatory diet.

Please note, if you are experiencing more severe side effects of inflammation such as swelling, body aches, fatigue, or chest pain, to consult your physician for specific guidance. Prior to incorporating any change in diet, also consult a health professional to check which diet or lifestyle change is best fit for you.

With simple changes to our lifestyle, health is just around the corner. Remember to be mindful of your long-term habits to be the best version of yourself and put your health first!