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5 Ways to Fight Inflammation

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5 Ways to Fight Inflammation

Some aging factors are beyond our control, but one of the biggest – inflammation – needn’t be. Here’s how you can extinguish the flames of chronic inflammation before they ignite.

What is Inflammation?
Under ordinary circumstances, inflammation is a healthy process that comes to the body’s aid when it’s injured. For instance, if you cut your finger while making dinner, the body’s inflammatory response sends in an army of white blood cells to the scene.

Unfortunately, inflammation isn’t always so exact. Like a houseguest who overstays his welcome, inflammation sometimes hangs around too long and refuses to leave. Aging is one of the biggest risk factors for inflammation, since, as we age, our bodies are less able to disarm the inflammatory process. A genetic predisposition, high blood pressure or even smoking can also fuel the flames. When the inflammation switch refuses to turn off, the body operates as if it is always under attack. White blood cells flood the system for weeks, months and even years.

The problem is that the immune system can’t handle the constant demand. When the immune system becomes drained, the body then has difficulty warding off other illnesses. For instance, viruses, bacterial infections, even cancer cells that are normally destroyed by a healthy immune system can now slip under the body’s radar. Ultimately, the immune system may even turn against the body itself the consequences of which are quite serious: Lupus, Graves’ disease, Crohn’s disease and fibromyalgia are all autoimmune disorders that come about when the body is assaulted by its own defenses. Scientists have known about autoimmune diseases for years, but now a new theory paints an even broader picture of how chronic inflammation helps other killers gain footholds.

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Megan, selected from Experience Life

Experience Life magazine is an award-winning health and fitness publication that aims to empower people to live their best, most authentic lives, and challenges the conventions of hype, gimmicks and superficiality in favor of a discerning, whole-person perspective. Visit experiencelife.com to learn more and to sign up for the Experience Life newsletter, or to subscribe to the print or digital version.

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3:52PM PDT on Oct 15, 2014

Thanks for the info

8:47PM PDT on Sep 28, 2014

Thank you for sharing

2:37AM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

Thanks

11:55PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

Interesting article, thank you

3:05AM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

All good advice, thank you Megan :)

6:55AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

good to know, thank you

2:08PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

I've said NO to sugar. My favourite sweets are pickled cucumbers.

8:00AM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

Thanks

6:43AM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

Thank you for the information.

6:31AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

Thank you!

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