5. UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS
Addison’s, Crohn’s disease and Celiac diseases, along with fibromyalgia, lupus, and psoriasis, are conditions that involve an over-stimulated immune system. Certain bacteria and viruses also affect the regulation of the inflammatory response.
“HOW DO I GET RID OF IT?”
Fortunately, advances in medicine have provided the answer to this important question. It is indeed possible to reverse chronic inflammation in many cases!
The following are the most efficient ways to combat inflammation:
– Lose weight: Even a 5 percent reduction in weight can significantly lower inflammation levels.
– Take vitamin D: In combination with a 5-10 percent reduction in weight, individuals who supplement vitamin D may reduce their inflammation markers by nearly 40 percent.
– Get some fish oil: Omega-3 fatty acid has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Numerous studies have shown a reduction in inflammation levels in patients with various medical conditions.
– Meditate: As stated, stress is a big contributor to inflammation. Any activity that reduces stress levels is key can help maintain a healthy immune system. In a University of Wisconsin-Madison study, mindfulness-based stress reduction was more effective at lowering inflammation than other relaxation techniques.
– Exercise: Breaking a sweat helps us maintain us a healthy weight and combat stress. A moderately-rigorous exercise regimen with an hour of aerobics and weight training 3-4 times weekly is recommended; though even a brisk walk is better than no exercise at all.
(Readers: do you have any other tips for combating inflammation? Any advice to share with the rest of us? Please drop us a comment!)