Chronic inflammation can be unpredictable – depending on the patient, it can last for days, months, or even years with no warning signs. This type of inflammation results from a viral or microbial infection. It can also stem from common allergens, such as pollen. Chronic inflammation can damage the body’s tissues, replacing healthy ones with fibrous ones, and causes the body to fail at eliminating what triggered the initial inflammation. Here are some ways to help reduce your risk of developing chronic inflammation.
- Alter your diet. You will want to avoid food that is rich in saturated fats and trans-fats, as well as those with a high glycemic index. Mediterranean based diets are great, as they utilize olive oil, fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, and whole grains. Limit your alcohol, tobacco, sugar, and refined carbs…or cut them out of your diet entirely.
- Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. This keeps your body moving, your muscles toned, and your joints lubricated. Your energy level will remain high and you will most likely be able to recover faster from injuries due to staying active on a regular basis.
- Get plenty of rest each night. Sleep deprivation can impact inflammation and increase your chances of developing it.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water helps nourish your cells while hydrating the discs of your spine and modulating your calorie intake. Water can also reduce acidosis and help keep your body’s pH level balanced.
- Quit tobacco products. Smoking triggers an immunologic response in the body, increasing the level of inflammatory markers. Smoking also affects the musculoskeletal system and can lead to premature death.