Inflammation is your body’s natural way of healing, like when you cut yourself making dinner or roll your ankle on a walk. Your body will send out white blood cells that do their job of repairing and cleaning the area, but sometimes your body refuses to turn off this army and they flood the immune system for prolonged times. When this happens, our immune system becomes drained and that leaves the door open for illness to invade that are normally destroyed.
So how do you tell the difference between acute and chronic inflammation. Acute inflammation usually occur within minutes, like a sore throat from singing or a sprained ankle from running up the stairs. The response is isolated to the area and will go away as the body naturally heals the tissue. Chronic inflammation can take days to evolve and much less obvious. It will stick around for longer and can progress and lead to severe tissue damage. Conditions like asthma, allergies and rheumatoid arthritis are chronic inflammation conditions in the body.
Symptoms do vary from person to person but also from the different varieties of inflammation around the body. Some symptoms are headaches, bloating, joint pain, rashes, fatigue, weight gain, gum disease, mood issues and brain fog just to list a few. When your body is in constant inflammation sickness takes its toll, you can help fight inflammation with diet, exercise, water and rest.
The average body needs between 7-8 hours a night to help regenerate and stay healthy. If you are already getting that then maybe try meditation or mindfulness to help calm your body and boost your immune system. There are YouTube videos that can guide you through if you aren’t sure where to start, this makes it a cost effective way to start too.
Regular exercise has many health benefits, one session of 20 min of moderate exercise can stimulate the immune system and produce an anti-inflammatory response. A workout does not only need to be a high intensity anaerobic session like a HIIT class at the gym or a pennants tennis game, it can be a yoga session or a slow jog. One study showed that a moderate walk on a treadmill increased the immune boosting system by 5%. The results of exercise are bountiful, it not just about reducing inflammation, exercise will also improve weight, strengthen the heart, bones and muscles and help to level blood sugars.
When you are hydrated your body works more efficiently. It transport oxygen in the blood, maintains moisture in the body, helps carry nutrients and eliminates waste from the body and regulates internal body temperature. A mildly dehydrated body will cause a 3% drop in metabolism, it will also start the development aging and inflammatory responses. When we have adequate water our body is less stressed and better fuelled to work at its optimum.
Inflammation can be a bit of a mind field and can get over whelming, but the more you know the more empowered you are to getting on top of the inflammation and getting your body working for you instead of against you. The information above doesn’t just have to be followed if you have inflammation in your body, it will also help to get your immune system thriving.