What exactly is inflammation and how do we combat it?

The Definition: According to Well and Good, inflammation is “a combo of heat, pain, redness, and swelling that can happen externally or inside the body”. Yikes. Sounds pretty awful! It can also lead to “debilitating conditions as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis” (source). Inflammation is clearly a serious condition, with symptoms ranging from the following:

  • Visible signs of aging (wrinkles.)
  • Susceptibility to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.
  • Acid reflux
  • Cancer
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Candidiasis
  • Urinary tract infections

(source)

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photo – Beach Body On Demand

So what causes it? Well and Good’s Dr. Susan Blum, MD explains that inflammation is caused by “some kind of irritant, like a food you’re sensitive to, an environmental toxin, or damaged tissue”. It can also be caused by stress or diet and lifestyle according to Bodyecology.

How can we fight it? The biggest way to combat inflammation is to take a look at your diet. If it’s high in wheat, dairy, and sugar (source), you may need to rethink your eating habits. These foods are relatively harmless in moderation, but if you find yourself eating mostly those foods, it’s time for a change. Cut those carbs and choose a healthier alternative, like Klean LA’s meal plans and juices.

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Another large contributor to inflammation is stress, so do more of what makes you happy. Spend time with your friends and family, take breaks every now and then, and find time for yourself to relax. Try a new spin class at Flywheel or yoga class, go for a walk in the park, or explore the city in your free time.

We also like to reference to this chart by Live Love Fruit below that outlines how inflammation affects the body!

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