Inflammation is one of those words that automatically sounds bad for us, but what does it really mean? Most of us associate inflammation with an injury or irritation that usually heals after a period of time. But there is another kind of inflammation – chronic inflammation – that can cause long-term disease and damage to your internal systems. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes and depression are just a few conditions that chronic inflammation plays a role in.
Inflammation is an immune system response. Our body actually needs it to fight infection and injury when those occur. However, unhealthy stimuli – pollutants and unhealthy lifestyles – can also cause the same immune system response, and when there isn’t any injury to fight off that’s where we get into trouble.
The bad news is, chronic inflammation has no noticeable symptoms and cannot be tested for. The good news is, there are many food and lifestyle ways to combat chronic inflammation that are pretty logical and easy to remember since they are generally associated with overall good health. In addition to the foods Lea wrote about in this article for Livestrong.com (both foods to avoid and foods to consume), lifestyle enhancements like exercise and relaxation (e.g. meditation) can also help to decrease your level of inflammation.
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