Inflammation is your body’s normal protective response that heals and repairs tissues. Without inflammation, infections would go unchecked and wounds unhealed. While inflammation in response to infections and wounds is beneficial and short term in duration, chronic inflammation from an imbalanced immune system is more damaging than healing.
Diet and Lifestyle Factors Contributing to Inflammation
Factors that promote inflammation include stress, lack of sleep, environmental toxins (chemicals, pesticides, and mold), excessive physical activity or inactivity, and diet. Nutrient deficiencies, dietary fat imbalances, a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, and food allergies all can promote an inflammatory response.
Over time, these diet and lifestyle factors may lead to chronic inflammation and illness. Fortunately you can eliminate many of these factors as well as add others that actually help reduce inflammation.
Reducing inflammation will help you lose weight, improve your digestion, reduce body aches and pains, and drastically reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and dementia.
To reduce inflammation, get plenty of restful sleep, reduce your exposure to toxins, exercise smart, and clean up your diet. Reduce your intake of sugar and refined grains, refined vegetable oils, and poor quality meats. Increase your fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. And most importantly, identify and eliminate any foods that are triggering your immune system and increasing inflammation.
It may sound easy, but going it alone can be tough! Call us to get the support you need to eliminate sugar cravings, correct nutrient deficiencies, and identify food sensitivities/allergies for lifelong health.