Inflammation is an integral part of your body’s healing process, however there are two types, acute and chronic. The former happens in response to injuries (you’ve probably experienced this when you’ve cut your finger or bumped your leg), the latter is chronic inflammation, and this can cause lasting health issues if you don’t address it. If you suspect you are living with chronic inflammation, just know that you do not have to accept this as the norm. By determining the factors that make your body react, you can get to the heart of the problem. Take a look below at the common symptoms, causes, and treatments of chronic inflammation in the body, and consider scheduling a toxin scan to identify the root of the issue.
Common Symptoms of Chronic Body inflammation
The severity of chronic body inflammation varies from person to person and symptoms can last for days, months, or even years. Some of the common symptoms include the following:
- Mouth sores
- Abdominal pain
- Chest pain
Causes of Chronic Body Inflammation
Inflammation in the body can happen for a number of reasons, but remember the nature and purpose of inflammation: to protect the body by staving off foreign and malicious intruders. A common culprit for chronic inflammation is diet. Foods that are toxic for your body can slip by undetected and cause symptoms of chronic inflammation for years. Poor lifestyle choices can also cause this symptom, mainly because they are linked to a weakened immune system. Take a look at these common causes of chronic body inflammation.
Obesity & Sedentary Lifestyle
Living a sedentary lifestyle can result in becoming overweight and increases your likelihood of developing chronic inflammation. Obesity is linked to high CRP (C-Reactive Protein) levels in the blood which, as their name would indicate, increase when the proteins are reacting to something that triggers an immune system response of inflammation.
Poor Sleep Quality
Quality sleep is crucial to your overall health. Poor sleep is linked to several issues including hormonal imbalance, obesity, and tissue inflammation. Without proper rest, your body is weakened and vulnerable, making it more susceptible to disease. This consistent lack of sleep causes your immune system to stay in a constant state of battle making inflammation a regular part of your life unless you eliminate the issue that is causing it to react.
If you don’t drink enough water cellular metabolic waste can build up in the body and injure surrounding tissues. This cellular trauma causes the immune system to react with inflammation.
Prolonged states of stress can negatively impact the body and can over-activate your immune system. Periods of prolonged stress in your life are another factor that can lead to chronic inflammation and an unbalanced body.
Poor Diet and Foods that Cause Inflammation
If you are regularly consuming foods that your body thinks are toxic, or that can heighten your immune response, you are at risk of chronic inflammation. We’ve listed some common foods that cause inflammation below, but keep in mind that all bodies are different and may have varying reactions to different types of food.
- Fried foods
- Processed meat
- Red meat (beef and venison)
- Refined carbohydrates (think white bread)
- Sugary beverages
Treatments for Chronic Body Inflammation
If you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of chronic body inflammation, there are a few relatively simple diet and lifestyle changes you can make to help resolve the issue.
Exercise & Weight Loss
Because obesity is one of the leading contributors to inflammation, incorporating daily movement into your lifestyle can have profound effects on your overall health and can significantly decrease the risks of chronic inflammation.
The human body requires us to consume a notable amount of water each day. This amount varies based on factors such as your weight and exercise levels, with the average adult requiring between 80 - 100 ounces of water each day. Without proper hydration, cells cannot repair themselves and can rupture, releasing enzymes that can damage tissues and cause inflammation. By increasing your daily water intake, you can decrease the effects of inflammation by helping your body flush out toxins more regularly.
Remove Toxic Foods
There are a number of ways to identify foods that are toxic to your body. One method that provides immediate results is a toxin scan. This will help determine which foods are causing an immune response in your body so that you can eliminate them from your diet. Working with health experts like the coaches at MaxLife can help you identify these toxic foods and improve your overall wellness and achieve a life without chronic inflammation.
Incorporate Anti-Inflammatory Foods into Your Diet
Reducing inflammation in the body can be as simple as incorporating foods with anti-inflammatory effects into your diet. Some common anti-inflammatory foods include:
- Fatty fish (mackerel, salmon, tuna, etc.)
- Fruits (blackberries, blueberries, cherries, etc.)
- Green leafy vegetables (arugula, kale, spinach, etc.)
- Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.)
- Olive oil
Find More Fulfilling Sleep Patterns
Carving out a regular time frame for uninterrupted sleep is essential. Address the factors that are impeding quality sleep and work on finding a solution. Questions to ask yourself if you think poor sleep quality may be the culprit for your chronic inflammation:
- Do you sleep well on your current mattress?
- Are you consuming too much caffeine during the day?
- Are you going to bed at a reasonable and regular hour each night?
- Do you have consistent sleep patterns?
- Are you getting enough exercise each day?
Manage Stress Levels
Improving your lifestyle through diet, hydration, sleep, and exercise should help reduce your overall feelings of stress. Consider other factors that may be causing you stress, and what you can change or remove to help reduce these levels and improve your health.
Total Body Balancing
If you’ve made drastic lifestyle changes and still experience chronic inflammation, it may be time to seek professional help. At the end of the day, chronic inflammation is the result of an unbalanced body. Just because it has become your norm, doesn’t mean you have to accept it as the permanent you. By first determining what factors in your life are causing the reaction, you can next develop a health and wellness plan that will target your health needs and get you back to feeling your best.
If body inflammation is affecting your quality of life, then you need to take action. The first step is determining what is making your body react. Then, you have to create a plan tailored to these specific issues and roadblocks. This is where MaxLife can help. We can identify the foods that are toxic to your body and causing your inflammation. Next, we work with you to build a health and wellness plan that will get you back to feeling your very best. Learn more about body toxin scans and our biometric body analysis here.