They say reality is often more unbelievable than fiction…The body and it’s many processes are front and centre on that.
The very same process that is keeping you alive, right now, could also be slowly killing you. That process is inflammation.
Unlike other factors – such as your genetic pre-disposition – inflammation is mostly within your control and can be easily improved, without the use of drugs or invasive surgery.
Inflammation is a natural and important function of the immune system. Inflammation is the body fighting against viruses, bacteria and repairing damaged tissue. In other words, inflammation is what your immune system does.
It’s one of the many things in the body that is critical for life…BUT can very easily tip over in to becoming excessive and causing as much damage as good.
Excessive inflammation is caused by high stress, lack of exercise and a poor diet.
All things completely within your control.
Remember at the top, I told you inflammation is in part responsible for all kinds of nasty diseases…managing diet, fitness and stress is the simplest, and most effective combat to all of those diseases.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and all that.
How to Manage Inflammation
The simplest way to manage inflammation is with lifestyle improvements in the areas of diet, exercise and stress. Below are some of my top tips for looking after your health, controlling inflammation and doing everything within your power to ward off heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc.
- Drink lots of clean water
Sounds simple enough?
Water is essential for every single cell in the body (that’s trillions of cells). Yet I would estimate the majority of us are not drinking enough water. We’re chronically dehydrated and that is taking its toll on our health.
Among countless other things, water helps with the removal of waste products from cells, which cause inflammation. Drinking a minimum of 2 litres of filtered water per day will ensure you have enough H2o to keep everything working smoothly.
- Eat more veggies
This is hardly a shocking revelation, but how many of us actually eat 5+ servings of veg per day?
Vegetables are the main source of nutrients that will ensure inflammation is kept in check. Plenty of greens keep the body in a healthy alkaline state.
Keep a checklist in your kitchen and cross off every day that you have 5+ servings of veg. It sounds simple, but it keeps you accountable to doing the things that you already know you should be doing, but often don’t.
- Avoid sugar, vegetables oils and chemicals in your food
Sugar, vegetable oils and anything you can’t pronounce should be kept to a minimum in your diet.
Your body does not need any of these substances. It has to work hard to process them through the body and excrete them, causing more inflammation.
Try to eat natural foods, lots of veggies and healthy fats found in fish, avocadoes and nuts. The benefits of a healthy diet are profound. You will lose weight, have more energy, sleep better, have better hair and skin, and even feel better mentally.
Eating right is a real no-brainer. The only challenge is sticking with it.
- Do some form of daily exercise
Exercise clears inflammation from the body.
It moves the lymph fluid round the body, which is a system for cleaning out the bodies systems. It also acts to ‘reset’ a lot of stress hormones and leaves you feeling good, mentally and physically.
You don’t have to do a hardcore workout every day. In fact, you probably shouldn’t. If you workout 2-4 times per week, the other days can simply be going for a walk, swim, cycle or other gentle exercise. You don’t have to be in the gym to be exercising. You just have to move the body.
- Breathe deeply
Breathing is the simplest thing in the world, right?
Well, it seems not, as so many of us are not doing it properly.
Practise taking deep belly breaths – it’s a great way to oxidise the system and clear away the stress and inflammation.
Meditation is like a reset for the brain.
It clears stress and puts your body in a great place. We spend a lot of time running on stress hormones and adrenaline. Meditation puts us back in to our sympathetic nervous system – the relaxed side – which is a much better place to spend the majority of our time, health wise.
- Sleep well
Sleep is the ultimate reset.
While you sleep, your body is recovering, regenerating and clearing out waste products.
Think about it like emptying the trash. You cannot just keep piling more and more stuff in to the bin. It’s going to overflow, go rotten and stink the place out.
You need to empty it (sleep) to reset and keep everything tidy.
These 7 simple lifestyle adjustments will make you healthier, fitter and happier.
If you want to live a long and healthy life, you have to build the habits that will make it happen. The management of inflammation is absolutely essential to achieving that goal.
Waiting until you are already sick is too late. But why would you? Doing the things mentioned in this post are more than just good for your health. They will make you feel and perform better today.
More energy, focus, clarity, confidence…AND better health.