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  • Linnette Johnson

Chronic Inflammation- #1 Root Cause

Chronic inflammation and chronic conditions are on the rise. Common symptoms of chronic inflammation include chronic pain, chronic fatigue, GI issues, ongoing mental health issues, unintentional weight fluctuations, and frequent illness.

When the body is inflamed, your immune system is weakened. This can lead to the development of autoimmune conditions. Continuing the cycle, autoimmune conditions cause more inflammation in the body. To prevent, improve or heal, it is critical to reducing the inflammation in your body. Choosing the right foods to nourish your body is one of the most critical factors for reducing inflammation and preventing or improving autoimmune conditions. The foods you consume every day have the power to heal or to harm and inflame your body. To lower inflammation and improve autoimmunity, you should eliminate pro-inflammatory foods that may be triggering an immune response. Watch out for these pro-inflammatory foods:

· Reduce or eliminate sugar that has been refined

· Deep-fried, processed, or packaged foods

· Fast foods & soda (High Fructose Corn Syrup)

· Trans fats & margarine

· Corn, safflower, sunflower & soybean oils

· Artificial sweeteners and Artificial dyes

Fortunately, there are many ways you can reduce inflammation that is within your control. These lifestyle choices are centered around the key areas of nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management. Here are just a few tips you can implement today:

· Eat a high-fiber diet (plant-based: vegetables and fruits)

· Move every 30 minutes

· Get 20 minutes of light every morning

· Try a digital detox

· Sleep 7 to 8.5 hours a night

· Make sure you are hydrated with water

If you are trying to implement these lifestyle changes and are struggling, it may be time to partner with a nutritionist and/or certified health coach for assistance and support. Or, if you have made significant improvements to your lifestyle but are still chronically ill, there may be underlying issues that are best addressed with the help of a functional medicine practitioner. Chronic inflammation may be common but should not be considered normal. We hope the information included in this post will help you combat chronic inflammation and put you on the road to health and longevity.

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