Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself. However, it can sometimes have a negative effect if not managed correctly. Signs of acute inflammation include redness, pain, heat and swelling. A good example of this is a sprained ankle. We manage these episodes of inflammation to promote proper healing. Inflammation can also affect our body’s normal physiology if it becomes chronic. This inflammation is often ignored, as it occurs without any noticeable symptoms initially.
Chronic inflammation can drive conditions like diabetes, heart disease, digestive conditions and chronic pain. An increased Body Mass Index (BMI), high levels of stress, and lack of exercise can all contribute to higher inflammatory levels. Our dietary habits can also promote a state of chronic inflammation that will lead to aches and pains or more severe disease.
Food can be pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory. To learn more about taking a smarter approach to healthy anti-inflammatory eating download this guide.