The Effects of Inflammation
This article is here to explain to you exactly what inflammation is, how it can be harmful, as well as what you can do to help whole-body inflammation. If you suffer from whole-body inflammation, this will help you with some basic understanding and will give you an idea of where to start.
While inflammation is a perfectly normal symptom to experience when you have had an injury or infection, there are times when inflammation is harmful. When you suffer an injury, your body will try and fight it off by becoming inflamed. Inflammation is your body’s way of directing nourishment and healing to that specific area.
Inflammation is not always healthy and can have harmful effects on your health. An example of harmful inflammation is when your body tries to fight off its own tissues in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes. Studies suggest that over time, this type of inflammation can set a foundation for diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Additionally, there is evidence that shows whole-body inflammation can potentially cause psychological disorders such as depression.
Inflammation can be brought on by living a sedentary lifestyle, environmental toxins, stress as well as genetics, so it is important to improve your lifestyle choices where possible.
What You Can Do
We offer our customers a range of home test kits and one of these is our inflammation test. With this simple and effective test, you will be able to find out about the inflammation within your body. As this test can be completed at home, you don’t have to worry about arranging a trip to the hospital around your busy schedule.
One of the most important things to consider is altering your diet as it has a massive impact and influence in whole-body inflammation. Most people consume a large amount of toxins through their diets and it is important that your healthy diet does not include a lot of processed and refined foods. The general rule is if it has a long shelf life it most probably isn’t good for you or your health. By consuming an anti-inflammatory diet, you will be able to successfully reduce your chronic inflammation.
Swap out your manufactured foods for fresh foods and consume a balanced amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. As well as consuming a lot of toxins, most people’s diets have too much omega-6 which promotes inflammation in the body. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in a lot of fast foods and junk that people snack on, so cutting out a large amount of these types of foods is important.
To balance out omega-3 and omega-6, you should eat oily fish, flax and walnuts which are also known for being anti-inflammatory. A healthy diet should also include a variety of fruit, vegetables, fish, whole soy foods and whole grains. If you have a sweet tooth then a healthy snack would be 70% cocoa dark chocolate.
By eating a healthy diet, you will not only improve inflammation but you will notice a difference in energy levels and you will be provided with all the essential vitamins, minerals, fibre and fatty acids.
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