Chronic inflammation is a known precursor to some very serious health issues. Diseases like obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and poor digestion are linked to ongoing inflammation in the body. Even heart disease is related to inflammation. We become excessively inflammatory for a number of reasons, and they’re typically associated with our daily habits. Fortunately, there are also a number of ways to reduce inflammation — many of which may surprise you!
If you eat a lot of inflammatory foods, smoke, consistently don’t get enough sleep, and / or are suffering from chronic stress, changes are you are experiencing chronic inflammation. Not only does inflammation interfere with a number of processes throughout the body, it can impair your ability to lose weight. Try some of these lifestyle changes to help reduce inflammation and get back to feeling better!
1. Try turmeric, the popular Indian spice
Many studies show turmeric to be one of the most (if not the most) potent edible spices on the planet for reducing inflammation. Turmeric contains an ingredient called curcumin, which is responsible for the anti-inflammatory properties of this healthy spice. And while it can reduce inflammation all over the body, curcumin is particularly effective for those with osteoarthritis. To harness turmeric’s anti-inflammatory powers, you can add it to soups, stews, teas, smoothies, and other dishes, or opt for a turmeric supplement. Just make sure the supplement’s primary ingredient is curcumin.
2. Enjoy time in nature
Getting some fresh air helps reduce inflammation and prevents many diseases. Air pollution is linked to the inflammatory processes of cardiovascular disease, so filtering the air around you is essential if you want to naturally reduce inflammation and prevent heart disease. Spend as much time as you can in forests or parks, and near bodies of water. The air is cleaner in these areas, and you need to be exposed to fresh air on a daily basis.
3. Treat yourself to a hot soak in the tub
Sometimes a hot bath is all you need to feel right again. It’s no wonder taking hot baths naturally reduces inflammation. Being warm and surrounded by water de-stresses us almost immediately, and stress is intimately linked to inflammation. Hot baths also increase blood flow to areas of the body where chronic inflammation exists. So, give yourself a nice, long soak in a bubble bath. Indulge in this simple pleasure as an effective form of disease prevention.
4. Sleep, sleep sleep
Sleep deprivation is linked to a number of heath issues, and one of them is inflammation. To reduce inflammation in your body, you must get more sleep. Your cells are negatively affected by lack of sleep, and sleep deprivation actually activates inflammatory blood cells. While it’s far too common to forego good sleep and even feel guilty when you get it, it’s crucial to give yourself the sleep you deserve. Your life will improve immensely if you do.
5. Upgrade your workout routine
Studies show that even a mere 20-minute workout effectively reduces chronic inflammation. A good, sweaty workout significantly reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that increases inflammation. Exercise has an additional anti-inflammatory effect because it reduces bad cholesterol and lowers blood pressure.
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