Inflammation can become a pain, especially when it’s long-lasting. But did you know that inflammation can be managed through a few lifestyle changes? This post will help you to understand inflammation better and learn ways to manage it.
Let’s start with the basics. Inflammation is the way your body heals and fights against things that are harmful or toxic. These include infections, toxins and injuries (1).
There are two types of inflammation:
Acute and chronic inflammation are caused by slightly different things.
Inflammation can be managed and reduced through some changes in lifestyle. Here are some ways:
1) Diet Dos and Don’ts
Research shows that exercise has many benefits and can reduce inflammation in a number of different ways (2). We won’t go through the mechanisms of exercise in detail, but here are some examples of exercises we suggest (3):
It is so important to keep your nutrients in check and supplements are an easy yet effective way to do this (4).You’ve probably heard about omega-3 fatty acids and the benefits they provide, but let’s talk about this some more.
Omega-3fatty acids like Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) can reduce inflammation, improve eyesight, enhance brain function and maintain joint mobility (5). You can get some omega-3 from oily fish like salmon, but often this isn’t enough. Which is where krill oil supplements can help. – Not only do these provide enough omega-3,but they are convenient and have ready to use ‘building blocks’ to replenish the store for your cells!
It’s nothing new that sleep is crucial to stay healthy. Your beauty sleep doesn’t just help you feel refreshed, but it allows the body to heal and recover from inflammation. Now, inflammation can become a barrier in achieving good quality sleep, but there are ways that you can improve your routine to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. For example, have a consistent sleep routine, turn off electronics an hour before bed and try to relax before sleeping (6).
Stress has never been good, but did you know that stress can lead to inflammation? When you’re stressed, your body enters the “fight-or-flight” mode. This means it thinks there is something attacking it, so will either want to avoid that situation, or will fight it (causing inflammation). So, one thing we recommend is do enjoyable things to reduce stress and relax! Maybe light a candle, go for a walk or listen to your favourite music! (7)