Chronic Inflammation – Premature aging can be directly caused by inflammation in the body.
Many experts now see inflammation as arising from an immune system response that is out of control. When you catch a cold or sprain your ankle, or get sunburn your immune system switches into gear. Infection or injury trigger a chain of events called the inflammatory cascade. The familiar sign of normal inflammation, heat, pain, redness, and swelling are the first signals that your immune system is being called into action.
Chronic Inflammation -What increases the risk of chronic inflammation?
Chronic Inflammation whether internal or external is a great accelerator to premature aging in general, not just our skin. Ongoing scientific research increasingly shows us that by decreasing our internal and external inflammation we can decrease age-related diseases as diverse as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, auto-immune, cardiovascular, as well as premature aging and sagging of the skin.
The inflammatory response begins when pro-inflammatory hormones in your body call out for your white blood cells to come and clear out infection and damaged tissue. These agents are matched by equally powerful and closely related anti-inflammatory hormones, which move in once the threat is neutralized to begin the healing process.
Our immune system is responding to everything we eat and put on our bodies. So if our diet is poor and full of too much sugar and carbs, high levels of wheat, dairy, and other common allergens, and we are overloading our skin (which is one of our largest organs) with harmful unknown chemicals and toxins, then the deck will now be stacked heavily in inflammation’s favour.
Trans- fats found in many processed foods and deep-fried products, ready meals and takeaways are also inflammatory. Simply eating too much especially refined processed foods can be detrimental. Excess glucose blood levels can be also inflammatory. So keeping the blood sugar levels balanced and watching overall carbohydrate intake is important. Focusing on a diet based on low glycemic index foods is beneficial.
Chronic stress and lack of sleep can also lead to inflammation. While exercise can lower inflammation – overtraining is likely to do the reverse so if you are training hard daily you may need to increase your intake of anti-inflammatory nutrients and ensure you recover effectively.
Synthetic fibers, latex, glues, adhesives, plastics, cleaning products, pesticides, pollution, heavy metals, these are just some of the vast array of chemicals we are exposed to every day. Lead that is found in dyes, petrol, paint, cigarette smoke, and pollution and mercury besides leaking from dental fillings, is also found in fish, cosmetics, soil, pesticides, film, paint, and certain plastics. These are just two of the seventy-five thousand toxic chemicals classified by the EPA as potentially or definitely hazardous to human health.
They are in everything, our drinking water, our food, even our breast milk. Many of these chemicals are fat-soluble, meaning that they are stored in fat and accumulate in our bodies until they reach toxic levels. Chemical sensitivity is just the most visible end of the spectrum. So constant exposure to noxious chemicals and airborne irritants even in low doses makes your immune system crazy!!! Some people are naturally better detoxifiers and can withstand more exposure before they have symptoms, others need more support.
Our bodies were not designed for a daily barrage of toxins, infectious agents and stress, seen and unseen. This kind of demand does require a lot of support to maintain your immune systems resilience.
Chronic Inflammation – An anti-inflammatory diet.
Our on the go lifestyle just won’t make room unless we start paying attention to everything and learning as much as you can about what we eat, drink, absorb, breathe and feel (stress). It all has the pro or anti-inflammatory effect on our immune systems and is crucial to preventing or fighting inflammation.
Read our link HERE that gives you an anti-inflammatory shopping list.
We can address chronic inflammation naturally by remaining at an ideal weight, doing relaxation techniques to reduce stress and to sleep better. The good news is that nature has an abundance of anti-inflammatory foods with anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Have a look at the list of our recommended anti-inflammatory foods. (anti-aging foods)
Choose foods rich in Omega 3 fats such as oily fish, walnuts, chia, and flaxseed.
Vitamin D – eggs, oily fish, and mushrooms.
Magnesium – leafy green, green superfood powders such as Moringa.
Carotenoids including beta-carotene – orange, yellow vegetable, and leafy green vegetable.
Vitamin E rich foods – almonds, sunflower seeds, avocado.
Zinc – pumpkin seeds.
Selenium – Brazil nuts.
Anti-oxidant rich whole foods – berries, red grapes, Moringa.
Herbs and spices – rosemary,garlic,oregano,marjoram,sage.
Foods rich in proteolytic enzymes – Bromelain found in pineapple and papain found in papaya are good choices.
Fermented foods rich in probiotics.
Choose to incorporate these foods into your diet to reduce inflammation naturally to keep inflammation working efficiently in your body and to avoid the disabling effects of chronic inflammation.
Article source – Annie Rodgers Naturopath