I tell my patients everyday inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses including heart disease, cancer, arthritis and auto-immune disease to name a few. But do they really understand what inflammation is and how it affects their body.
Inflammation is the body’s healing response to damage. Inflammation becomes a problem when it is persistent. If you have an injury or infection, inflammation helps to protect and heal the body through nourishment thus repairing the cells. Difficulty occurs when inflammation becomes chronic, often silently damaging your tissues.
Chronic inflammation is a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. I like my patients to understand what causes inflammation in their bodies and discuss ways to help them reduce it. The 3 major causes of inflammation stem from our food choices, the stressors in our life and the minor traumatic injuries over time.
Lifestyle changes will go a long way towards reducing chronic inflammation. Focus on a healthy, colorful diet. Include good sources of omega 3 fatty acids such as wild caught fish, flax seed and walnuts. These can act as natural anti-inflammatories.
Stress is one of the hardest to deal with and control. Simple changes in your life can benefit in reducing stress and promoting health. Regular exercise is important. It helps your body work at its best thus reducing inflammation. Getting plenty of vitamin D is important as well, especially in the fall and winter due to the lack of sunlight which helps produce vitamin D.
Daily “wear and tear” on our bodies is a major source of inflammation. Simple tasks during the day such as texting, sitting at your desk without getting up and moving and poor posture put undue stress on our bodies and in turn promote inflammation. There are plenty of things you can do during a work day to stay active. Opt for taking the stairs in place of the elevator. Get out of your seat at work and walk around the block during lunch. And, bring your smart phones and tablets to eye level instead of hunching over.
Chiropractic adjustments restore motion to the spine and allow the vertebrae and your nervous system the space it needs for your nerves to flow properly to your organs. Consider adding chiropractic to your health and wellness routine along with the above suggestions to be the healthiest you!