Sunday, 6 November 2016

What is Inflammation and How Can You Reduce Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural process of the body. When you are injured or infected, your body sends out white blood cells, natural killer cells, cytokines and other soldiers of your immunity army to help heal and repair damage to your tissues. So why was inflammation dubbed the ‘silent killer’ by Time magazine in 2004? Because chronic inflammation is what causes extensive damage and contributes to an array of health conditions. There are two kinds of inflammation:

  1. Acute inflammation only lasts for a short duration - it does its job, then evacuates the area.  Chronic inflammation sticks around, reeking havoc on healthy tissues instead of just the tissue in need of healing.
  2. Chronic inflammation is linked to a plethora serious health conditions and diseases. Including, but not limited to:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases - such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn's

Before chronic inflammation gets out of control, what are some possible early warnings signs?
  • You’re tired all the time - even after you get a good night sleep
  • Your stomach hurts, a lot - diarrhea, constipation, pain and cramps could be the warning signs of an inflamed bowel
  • Acne
  • Belly fat - that doesn’t go away regardless of diet and exercise
  • Chronically sore joints

So, exactly how are we increasing our chronic inflammation levels? Multiple ways!
  • Diet - refined carbs and high sugar intake, processed foods
  • Excess weight - excess intra-abdominal fat causes biochemical imbalances which create inflammation
  • Pollution - poor air quality, impure water, farmed fish
  • Stress - chronic stress changes gene activity of immune cells before they enter the bloodstream
  • Lack of sleep - sleep is the time for the body to rest and repair
  • Smoking - nicotine activates white blood cells, which in turn release molecules that lead to increased inflammation
  • Excessive alcohol consumption -  excessive is defined as anything over 3 drinks on a single day, and over 7 drinks in a week

How can we reduce our chronic inflammation levels? Again, multiple ways!
  • Earthing - take a walk barefoot outside
  • Exercise more - you only need as little as 10 MINUTES per day to decrease inflammation levels
  • More sleep - aim for 7 to 8 hours every night
  • Anti-inflammatory diet - eat antioxidant rich food, such as leafy greens, blueberries and wild salmon
  • Take an anti-inflammatory supplement - fish oils, turmeric and Emulin+

What is Emulin+? It's an all natural, vegan, gluten-free supplement.  It's a simple way to add some extra anti-inflammatory power to your daily lifestyle and it could give you another way to prevent and repair damage caused by chronic inflammation.

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