Inflammation: The Cause of Health Problems and Pain!

by Steven Carney on May 8, 2012

You might have heard about inflammation. It’s a normal part of the healing process. Think about the last time you cut yourself. Your blood clotted to stop the bleeding and your immune and healing cells go to the area, causing some redness and swelling. That’s inflammation. In a week or so, you had a scab (to protect the wound), which eventually comes off and the cut is healed. It’s similar with an infection, although the process happens internally.

There’s a more sinister form of inflammation though, called low-grade, systemic, or chronic inflammation. Research is finding that this new form of inflammation is connected to many health conditions and is mostly driven by pro-inflammatory foods, inactivity, stress, and excess weight, especially around the lower abdomen (called visceral fat). This is a form of inflammation that keeps going like a smoldering fire that never cools off!

Chronic inflammation can occur without obvious symptoms. You might feel more blah and tired. Maybe you will have sore muscles or joint pain that seems to be with you day after day (remember, inflammation causes tissues to swell and swelling can involve nerves that register pain). This problem can exist for years, slowly eroding your health and invading healthy tissues. By the time you have more acute symptoms, it might be arthritis, diabetes, a heart attack, stroke, or cancer! Until then, these conditions will age you faster and create a downward spiral as your body tries to cope with the unwelcome process.

What to do?

  • Start with better nutrition! Cut your sugar/HFC, junk and processed food intake.
  • Also have less red and cured/processed meats with salt, nitrates/nitrites.
  • Trim the extra fat at your waistline. It releases inflammatory chemicals that fuel inflammation.
  • Be more active 4-5 days a week. Brisk walking, dancing or other fun activity counts.
  • Get a hs CRP test (high sensitivity C-reactive Protein), a test that measures inflammation. This is especially important after age 30 or 35.

Consider working with a qualified Health/Lifestyle coach, one who can provide guidance and help in finding ways to adjust your nutrition and activity. Feel free to ask a question about this or other posts on my site! Use the Social Media e-mail icon in the right sidebar (Follow my tweets and Like me too)!

For more, see my recent article in inflammation on the Links/Articles page. Here is a link: Inflammation, Lifestyle & Disease: New Insights & Solutions

© 2012 by Steve Carney/End Sickness Now

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