If you struggle with chronic inflammation, you know the impact it can have on the body. While the main function of the body's inflammatory response is to protect us, the opposite effect can occur if this inflammatory response continues. For that reason, chronic inflammation is one of the greatest risks to the human body, and more than According to a study from the National Institue of Health, the prevalence of diseases associated with chronic inflammation is anticipated to increase persistently for the next 30 years in the United States. That's the bad news. The good news is that there are things you can do to reduce inflammation in your daily life.
1. Stay active
Regular exercise is essential to maintaining overall health and wellness. But that doesn’t mean you need to become a bodybuilder to reap the anti-inflammatory benefits. According to a 2017 study, just 20 minutes of movement reduces inflammatory blood markers. So whether it’s walking your dog each morning or even a stroll around the block at lunch or after dinner, try to aim for at least 20 minutes of movement as often as you can to keep free radicals at bay.
2. Change your diet
What you put in your body matters. And while that may seem like an obvious statement, when it comes to inflammation, specific foods can really make an impact on the way your body feels and functions. Try to incorporate foods naturally rich in antioxidants like fruits, vegetables, fatty fish and spices, while decreasing consumption of foods that can trigger inflammatory responses like dairy, gluten, sugar and alcohol.
3. Get more (and better) sleep
Copy: Losing sleep is one of the easiest ways to throw of the body’s equilibrium. Sleep deprivation has been linked to complications with memory, energy levels, mood and can even cause inflammation. Having trouble getting the recommended 7-8 hours? Try adopting some better sleep techniques into your nightly routine.
4. Manage your stress
Like sleep, stress levels seriously impact the way your body feels and functions. High cortisol levels are known to trigger inflammatory responses within the body which, if left untreated, can cannibalize any anti-inflammatory efforts you’re adopting into your daily lifestyle. To keep stress levels in check, try incorporating 10 minutes of daily meditation, exercise or even just catching up with a friend. PS, CBD can also help.
5. Add in antioxidant supplements + boosters
While all of these lifestyle improvements are easy to say, real life execution is a bit trickier. Let’s face it, sometimes life gets in the way of the things we need to do to maintain good health. If you’re having trouble finding the time and resources to make some of these lifestyle changes, it’s okay to seek a little extra support. Incorporating supplements packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients like Turmeric, DHA, Capsaicin (and even CBD) are a great way to keep your free radical levels in check.
An active inflammatory response is a sign that your body is functioning properly, but there is such thing of too much of a good thing. With all of the factors that can trigger chronic inflammation in the body that are out of your control, it's important to be mindful of the things you can control to keep inflammation in check. As with all healthy lifestyle practices, it's not about being perfect. Try your best to incorporate some of these lifestyle changes into your daily routine to keep your body (and inflammation) in check.