5 Common Signs of Chronic Inflammation and How to Address Them
Inflammation is kind of like cholesterol — there’s good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL), and the important thing for your health is making sure you have the right balance.
Good inflammation, or acute inflammation, occurs when have a recent injury, and your body starts the repair process. The inflammation brings healing agents to the site of the injury and the area gets inflamed, or swollen, red, and hot. This doesn’t last for a long time and will not harm the body in the long run.
Bad inflammation, or chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is when inflammation continues for weeks or months, far beyond the time it would normally take to heal, or occurs in places it shouldn’t. This type of inflammation releases all sorts of compounds into the bloodstream that don’t stay at the injury site that needs the cleanup. Instead, these compounds are delivered to all the different organs and tissues, where they can cause damage.
Since inflammation is at the root of, or contributes to, a wide host of health issues and conditions, it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms related to inflammation, so you can begin to take action and reverse it. The inflammatory load on our bodies today is heavy, and learning to combat inflammation can help us restore proper balance to our bodies, and often deal with underlying conditions.
With this in mind, take a look at the top five symptoms of inflammation below:
5 Common Symptoms of Inflammation
Fatigue can be caused by a lot of things other than inflammation. However, if you have fatigue along with any of the other primary symptoms of inflammation, consider it a clue that you need to work on reducing inflammation in your body. Fatigue occurs with inflammation because your body tries to slow you down so it can engage more effective healing strategies.
Aches and Pains
The aches and pains occur when your body is inflamed because of the inflammatory compounds that are released. They travel to the other parts of your body, so wherever you have the nagging discomfort and unfavorable sensations, you might have inflammation.
Allergies, Sensitivities to Food, and Food Reactions
It’s up to your liver to filter out toxins and the inflammatory compounds that have escaped the site of an injury that needs healing. However, if the inflammatory compounds are too great in number, or if you are encouraging the production of even more inflammatory compounds to be produced, then your liver is going to need extra help. Without the extra help, it’s easy for allergic reactions to flare up and/or food reactions to occur.
If your liver gets to the point where it’s inflamed, then it will start producing C-reactive protein, which is one of the inflammatory markers your doctor looks for on your blood tests.
Your Skin is Red
When you have reddened skin in certain areas or hot, swollen joints, these are signs of inflammation in the body. It can also be a sign of an infection setting in, so be wary, and take action to eliminate any possible infections.
Weight gain is closely tied to inflammation. Fat cells produce compounds that increase inflammation in the body. The longer you carry the excess weight, the more these inflammatory compounds can build up over time. The bad news is that insulin resistance is created by these inflammatory compounds, and that in turn leads to more weight gain. It’s a vicious cycle, so it’s really important to take steps to get inflammation under control.
What Can You Do to Decrease Inflammation in the Body?
Here are five recommendations:
Lose weight if you need to
Even a decrease of 10 pounds can cause an amazing decrease of inflammation in the body. One great way to do this is by starting to exercise 20-30 minutes (minimum) each day. Body movement is one of the best ways to move stagnant fat and energy in the body and decrease inflammation, but consistency is key and you must start immediately if you want to feel better and lose weight.
Stop eating inflammatory foods
Foods that cause inflammation in the body will stress you from the inside out. Cutting out foods such as: sugar, bad fats (hydrogenated fats, canola oil, soy oil, vegetable oil, safflower oil, and fried foods), foods you are allergic to, and foods you are sensitive to, are key. GMO or genetically modified foods should also be eliminated as well as alcohol, processed and packaged foods, and meats high in saturated fats like hotdogs, beef, deli meats, bacon, and dairy. If it sounds like that doesn’t leave much, don’t despair! There are tons of great whole, natural, anti-inflammatory foods that will help you feel better and improve your overall health.
Take a high-quality curcumin supplement
Thousands of studies show the incredible fast acting, inflammation fighting capabilities of curcumin, the active ingredient found in turmeric root. Make sure your curcumin supplement includes only natural ingredients, and has the necessary support ingredients — like a healthy oil, a natural absorption agent, and curcumin converted to its most bioavailable form — to make sure this inflammation fighting powerhouse is able to be absorbed by your body.
Care for your colon
You can easily eliminate a few extra pounds just by eating fiber-rich fruits and vegetables daily. Coupled with exercise, your colon will thank you and you will feel lighter and more energetic, not to mention addressing belly bloat, constipation issues, gas, and cramping.
Drink more water during the day
Hydration is key to ridding the body of inflammation. Drinking half your body weight in ounces of clean, filtered or spring water daily helps to flush out toxins and decrease inflammation.
You can beat inflammation! Don’t let something like chronic inflammation, which is controllable and preventable, make you feel achy and heavy. All you have to do is make a few simple changes each day and keep consistent. You won’t believe how much better you feel.