Inflammation is our body’s response to injury or attack on the immune system, which is totally normal and healthy. Inflammation on the surface of the body is commonly seen as heat, redness, swelling, and pain. Chronic, low-level inflammation at the cellular level – known as the “silent killer” – develops without pain and can lead to obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Inflammation is caused by:
Diet – Trans fat, too much Omega 6 fatty acids, refined sugar, casein, gluten, refined grains, alcohol, food additives, red meat, and dairy
Environmental Factors: smoking including second hand, pollution, pesticides and herbicides, heavy metals, chemicals and airborne irritants
Stress: career, relationships, personal, psychological
Physical Injury: trauma, infections, fractures, cuts
Illness: excess weight, obesity, heart disease, lupus, arthritis, chron’s disease, celiac disease
If you are noticing inflammation, or are being exposed to a lot of things on this list, exercising 3-5 days a week for just 30 minutes will drastically reduce the risk. Plus, incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet will have amazing results.
- dark chocolate
- green tea
- wild caught salmon
- extra virgin olive oil
- dark, leafy greens
- sweet potatoes