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6 Ways to Improve Chronic Inflammation

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The hype around chronic inflammation is huge at the moment. In fact, this has been going on for quite a while now and for very good reason. The number of health issues, diseases and conditions and general state of being unwell has been linked to this nasty little subject too many times to just be a coincidence. Studies have proven, time and time again, that chronic inflammation does serious harm to your body and to your mind. Physical pain and emotional duress are only two reasons from a very long list of serious and possibly fatal side-effects caused by your body being in a state of constant inflammation. Highlighted below are ways you can address the chronic inflammation in your life as well as in the lives of your loved ones.

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1. A Salad A Day Keeps the Inflammation Away

Forget about just the apple here, having a bowl of leafy greens or a cup of fruit just once a day is such a beneficial change you can make to your diet today. Adding a cup of something gorgeously colourful and packed with nature-loving nutrients is a quick and easy way to reduce chronic inflammation. Think kale, tomatoes, or even a few humble blueberries. This small addition to your day will add a priceless nutrient boost to your body, one jam-packed with inflammation fighting goodies! According to some research, the antioxidants in fresh fruit and veggies help your body fight off free radicals that can cause damage on a cellular level.

2. Limit Your Junk Food

As much as it is super easy to go down to the vending machine when you are feeling peckish at work, or stopping buy a fast food joint on your way home after working late, try as hard as you can to avoid these nasty little habits. If you have a very busy schedule during the week then do your meal prep on a Sunday, prepare healthy meals in advance for your hectic weeks when cooking from scratch every night just is not a viable option for you. This may be a bit of an effort every week, but it is worlds better for your body to avoid the inflammation causing diet of fast food and regrets. 

3. Sleep Enough, Often

It might not be possible to get a solid eight hours every night, we get it, but the more sleep you can get the better. If you cannot get more sleep –because of a hectic work schedule, a busy social life or #ParentStruggles, whatever the reason is, we understand – just make sure the sleep you do get is good quality sleep. The best move my husband and I ever made was investing in our adjustable bed frame. It has worked wonders in reducing back and neck inflammation caused by previous poor sleeping habits. 

4. Walk Fido

Exercising for just 20 minutes a day has been proven to reduce inflammatory markers in your blood. How amazing is that? With a considerably low level of effort and commitment required, you can reduce your chronic inflammation by walking your pooch just once a day. That is not even half an episode of your favourite binge-worthy show in exchange for a lifetime of better wellbeing. 

5. Spice Up Your World!

Add a few spices to your diet, these not only pack a mouth-watering flavour punch that is a welcome addition to most meals (especially the healthy ones…). Garlic and ginger work mini miracles on swollen joints, and turmeric is well known for its natural inflammation reducing properties and many people swear by them for the best results in getting rid of their chronic pain problems associated with inflammation in the body. Turmeric has been receiving a lot of attention in the media lately, mainly because this sun-loving little spice gem is packed with an anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin

6. Take A Break from Booze

Cut out alcohol. This does not have to be a permanent change, we all love our wine, there is no shame – this is a safe space. I just mean temporarily, just while you are figuring out the best diet and lifestyle changes that you can implement into your life. This temporary cut will help reduce any existing inflammation in your system and help your body calm down as a whole. Use this break from alcohol to research the pros and cons of adding a few units back into your life after a few days, or a few weeks.

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