Inflammation is described as a protective response that involves the immune system, cells, and blood vessels to repair any damage to body tissues, pathogens, cells, or irritants. Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is a natural response to the body's healing process. When a fall or a skin cut occurs, the body gets inflamed sending white blood cells to the site of injury to repair the tissue. This kind of body response is good inflammation. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is that not so friendly body invader. Chronic inflammation is a sign of disoriented body response that is caused by a variety of different things like poor diet, gut health issues, toxic chemicals, bacteria, and stress. When the body no longer can fight and protect you from this kind of harm, other health issues take place like asthma, allergies, getting the flu more than often, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Reducing inflammation in the beginning stages is very easy. Start by eating more plant-based foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. A few food groups to avoid would be sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, vegetable oil (use olive oil, or coconut oil), refined carbohydrates, and alcohol. Work on your gut health, the gut holds most of your immune system. Do a cleanse every once in a while to get rid of any waste and toxins in your body and help weight loss, stay hydrated, and take a probiotic to keep bowel movements regular. Do you know if you have any food allergies? Gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, legumes, and yeast are common food allergens that might be distracting your immune system. To make sure of your food allergy, call your doctor and get examined for an allergy test to find out more. Lastly, when the body is at rest cells are being restored and repaired. Stress and lack of sleep demands the body to work over-time which increases body inflammation. To reduce stress try to exercise, yoga, meditation, less technology, or simply get enough sleep and let your body rest.