Inflammation Remedies: 6 Things You Can Do to Reduce Inflammation by Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

Inflammation Remedies: 6 Things You Can Do to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s natural first defense to an outside threat. Infections, injuries and toxins trip a signal to increase blood flow and send immune cells to danger, but the response is intended to be temporary. 

Sometimes the body gets stuck in fight response and the immune system goes haywire. This type of chronic inflammation is associated with nearly every major disease, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and even depression

The good news is lifestyle changes can reduce chronic inflammation. Here’s how:

  • Exercise. The most active people have the least amount of inflammation.
  • Reduce stress. Prolonged release of the stress hormone cortisol suppresses the immune system.
  • Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Fruits, veggies and omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and nuts reduce inflammation.
  • Quit smoking. Nicotine activates white blood cells that trigger a chronic inflammatory response.
  • Limit alcohol. The inflammatory marker CRP increases in people who consume alcohol.
  • Sleep. Inflammatory markers jump 6 percent for every hour of sleep lost below seven hours.

Inflammation is a good thing, but too much of it can cause all sorts of problems. If you suspect inflammation is behind your health problems, talk to your nurse practitioner or another provider. Lifestyle changes are important, but sometimes medicine will also help. The bottom line is, don’t let inflammation sabotage your body!

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Elisa Schmitz
Wow, the impact of sleep and alcohol on inflammation is really significant. Thank you for sharing this important info, Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP !
Saludable Contigo
Great info, thanks for sharing.
Donna John
I'm fighting arthritis in my hands/fingers. Need to make some lifestyle changes and see if that helps. Good tips here. Didn't know inflammation could affect us in so many ways. Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds

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