Wellness Wednesdays by Nurse Fiona- Chronic inflammation
Acute inflammation is a short-lived response essential in the body’s defense to injury, trauma, infection, chemicals & allergies. If inflammation is unresolved it can lead to a state of low-grade chronic inflammation persisting over weeks, months or years due to a failure of the body’s immune system to maintain homeostasis. Inflammation is thought to be associated with the root cause of most conditions including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes & asthma to name a few.When you have chronic inflammation, your body’s inflammatory response can eventually start damaging healthy cells, tissues, and organs.
What causes chronic inflammation?
1) Untreated cause of acute inflammation such as an infection or injury
2) Poor diet
3) Long term exposure to irritants such as chemicals or pollution
5) Auto-immunity where your immune system attacks own healthy tissue
6) Heavy metals
7) Hormone imbalances
How does diet & lifestyle affect inflammation?
What you eat and how your lifestyle can play both a positive and negative role in managing chronic inflammation. A pro-inflammatory diet rich in sugar, refined carbohydrates, excess red meat, trans fats and processed foods can promote this chronic state of inflammation. High stress levels with a sedentary lifestyle will also be a driver of inflammation.
The positive news is the combination of an anti-inflammatory diet with correct supplementation and lifestyle adaptions can be employed to address the root cause of inflammation.
Foods to include
Organic fruit & vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, oily fish and modest lean meat consumption.
Foods to avoid
Refined carbohydrates such as white bread & pasta, fried foods, processed meats, conventional dairy, refined sugar, additives, colourings
Nutrients to reduce chronic inflammation
1) Omega 3 fatty acids
2) Vitamin D3
3) Vitamin C
At Nuriss we offer a range of functional tests that can help address the root cause of inflammation. We can then bespoke a nutrition & lifestyle plan for you aimed at reducing chronic inflammation within your body.
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