Inflammation and Premature Aging

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to outside threats such as viruses, bacteria, and injury. It’s our body’s reaction and mechanism to fight off infection or anything foreign in the body’s system. Once the immune system senses danger, the body responds by setting in motion inflammation. The process begins by sending chemicals from white cells to the area at risk, in aid of protecting whats being attacked.

Inflammation is usually a good thing for the human body but, sometimes it can have the completely opposite affect. Inflammation is also known to have a negative effect on the human body. This is caused by the overreaction of immune cells in the body’s system. When immune cells overreact in the system, they cause inflammation to linger within the body’s blood vessels, joints and other vital organs.

When your body experiences a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease. Symptoms of inflammation include visible signs of ageing, redness, swelling, pain and stiffness and have over the years been linked to causing serious health issues such as; arthritis, periodontitis, hay fever, high blood pressure, chronic pain and even some cancers.

While many factors exist to what may cause this bad type of inflammation, one particular factor stands out from the rest; food and lifestyle. Food and lifestyle play a key role in how much inflammation is measured within the human body. Too much fat, sugar, and protein in your diet, constant dehydration, consumption of too many sodas or caffeine, inactivity, and lack of sleep can all increase inflammation in your body – therefore causing chronic pain and visible signs of premature ageing.

To avoid this bad rep of inflammatory response it is important to keep well hydrated and get plenty of sleep. Eating foods high in fatty acids like Omega-3, found in fish such as salmon and mackerel, are a great way of naturally treating inflammation in the stomach. Garlic and onions along with leafy greens, tomatoes and beets also contain strong immunity-boosting properties which help our system reactivate and keep the bad type of inflammation at bay.

By keeping an eye on our lifestyle and diet we are preventing our system from too much inflammatory response and therefore other serious health problems. Looking after our body from the inside out has never been more important.



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Branka Duric

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