With a surge in online health experts and wellness gurus, it’s hard to filter the real from the fake. Inflammation is one of the latest buzzwords and we’re being told to fight it at all costs. Is your body’s natural reaction to invading bacteria and wound repair being vilified – or is there truth to its detrimental effects on the body?

Grazing your kneecap as a child, you would have noticed the incredible process of your body healing. The symptoms of inflammation appearing as bacteria enters the wound; redness, swelling, heat and pain are sure signs your body is hard at work fighting the infection.

Acute inflammation is a rapid, short-term reaction to a trauma or infection.  Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is what you need to watch out for.

What is chronic inflammation?

Caused either by pathogens living within the body or an overactive immune response triggered by allergens such as certain foods, chronic inflammation has a slow onset and is potentially damaging to your long-term health. It has been linked to a variety of painful and life-threatening conditions.

Whether internal or external, chronic inflammation lasts anywhere from several months to years and takes place when the body is unable to eliminate the source of acute inflammation.

The effects of inflammation on your health

Inflammation is the root cause of all disease in the body – from painful menstruation, acne and headaches to conditions like cancers, rrheumatoid arthritis, asthma, tuberculosis, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, periodontitis and sinusitis.

Autoimmune disorders such as Celiac disease occur when triggers like gluten are ingested and the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue such as that in your small intestine.

Symptoms of chronic inflammation are as varied as the conditions it causes. Some symptoms include mouth sores, joint pain, fatigue or a sore stomach.

What foods cause inflammation?

We may not have full control over the environmental factors that cause inflammation or even how our body reacts to stimuli, but we do have control over the types of foods we eat.

Common causes of inflammation in the body include refined carbohydrates, fried foods, dairy, sugar, wheat (gluten), processed foods (full of preservatives and trans fats), red meat, margarine and peanuts (which are prone to mould). Keep in mind that everybody is different and will therefore react to allergens differently.

Alcohol irritates the stomach lining, causing it to become inflamed. It follows then that frequent and regular drinking will lead to chronic inflammation. Life is all about balance! Drinking alcohol in celebration is different from relying on it to make you feel better or to relax. Rather stretch your legs, do some light yoga or meditation if you’re feeling stressed.

How to reduce inflammation in the body

Given what we now know about chronic inflammation, there are steps you can take towards reducing inflammation in the body:

  1. Be mindful of what you eat

Reducing inflammatory foods and increasing your consumption of anti-inflammatory foods goes a long way towards health and wellbeing. Harvard Medical School reports that tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, fatty fish, nuts, unheated olive oil and anti-oxidant rich fruits like strawberries and blueberries are great weapons in the fight against inflammation.

  1. Limit alcohol

You’ve already discovered how detrimental alcohol can be in the body. Limiting alcohol to special occasions and not over-indulging will help your liver function better in its role of detoxifying your body, while also letting you sleep better and elevating your mood. Feeling stressed? Alcohol is not the answer!

  1. Take supplements

Ensure your body is in optimal condition to combat chronic inflammation by taking a supplement, like Neprinol Advanced Fibrin Defence. A powerful and effective blood cleanse, the enzymes in Neprinol digest harmful irritants in the blood which can make you feel sluggish, tired and sore.

  1. Destress

The stress hormone, cortisol is produced in the brain’s adrenal gland. Effective for short periods of time, elevated levels of this hormone lead to inflammation and a variety of health problems. Control stress by waking up 30 minutes early and dedicating the time to your mindfulness and self-care, whether that’s light yoga, meditation or journaling.

  1. Move your body

Not only does exercise help to clear your mind and destress but moving your muscles has been shown to release Interleuken 6. This small protein reduces inflammation in the body while inhibiting the production of insulin.

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