We hear about inflammation all of the time, so what really is it?
Inflammation is your body's natural way to protect itself from harm - which is great when you cut your finger, stub your toe, or get into an accident. Your body responds to these harmful stimuli by producing the typical signs of inflammation - redness, swelling, warmth, and loss of function - which protect you and allow you to heal. But what happens when you have no injuries and you aren't in danger, yet you still have inflammation?
Chronic inflammation is different, it doesn't always show up the same way, and sometimes you can't feel it at all. Chronic inflammation triggers several disease processes. In fact, uncontrolled inflammation plays a role in almost all major diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, depression, and even some cancers.
Luckily, changing your lifestyle choices can dramatically reduce chronic inflammation. Exercise, diet, stress management, proper sleep, and chiropractic care can all help.
Diet - Most foods in the "typical American diet" are highly inflammatory, most likely contributing to the increased numbers of chronic diseases we see each year. Making dietary changes can feel daunting, but it isn't something you have to change overnight. Starting to swap inflammatory foods for anti-inflammatory foods can be done gradually so it won't feel as overwhelming.
Exercise - Exercise decreases inflammation by improving circulation and decreasing body fat. Get your heart pumping 30 minutes 5 days a week and you'll be on your way to fighting inflammation.
Sleep - If you aren't getting good quality sleep, your body isn't getting a chance to heal, and you most likely aren't functioning as well as your body is designed to. The typical adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep each night to allow the body to restore itself, repairing tissue and reducing inflammation.
Stress - Chronic stress and chronic inflammation go hand in hand. As one increases, so does the other. Try finding a method of stress reduction that works for you. Meditation, reading or writing, taking a relaxing bath, deep breathing exercises and many other methods can all help reduce inflammation.
Chiropractic Adjustments - These adjustments provide a boost to your immune system, help restore normal biomechanics and remove interference from your nervous system. All of which can help reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Each nutritious meal, work-out, good nights rest, relaxation technique, and chiropractic adjustment helps your body move closer to optimal health and function.
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