The heart attack has long been known as the widow-maker thanks to its tendency to cause male deaths without any warning. However, the true widow and widower-maker is actually chronic inflammation, a condition that isn’t fully understood by most Americans. Chronic inflammation is a powerful and destructive force in the body that is linked to everything from acne, wrinkles, and heart disease to cancer and neurological conditions. Since this silent killer has no clear-cut cure, the very best time to stop chronic inflammation is before it ever begins.

What is Chronic Inflammation?

First, let’s discuss acute inflammation. Controlled inflammation is actually essential to your overall health. It is the body’s way of protecting against toxins, infections, and injuries. You can think of inflammatory cells as the “first responders” on the scene of an injury or disease. They either trap the foreign substance responsible for the damage, or work to heal the damaged tissue. This complex process leads blood vessels to leak fluid into the site of injury, which is why inflammation is always identified by swelling, redness, and pain.

Dangerous chronic inflammation develops when your body never “shuts off” its inflammatory responses. Long-term inflammation can last for months or even years, but it doesn’t serve a productive purpose like acute inflammation. Instead, it puts the body at risk of attacking its own healthy tissue, it fails to actually heal real injuries, and it even leads to serious diseases like heart attack, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.

Make the Right Lifestyle Choices NOW

As a silent killer, chronic inflammation is not something that you want in your body. The best way to protect your health is to prevent the formation of chronic inflammation. There are plenty of obvious ways to live a healthier life: don’t smoke, exercise more, and incorporate nutritious foods into your diet. However, there are other subtle changes that also help to reduce inflammation. Reducing your exposure to toxins, for example, can dramatically reduce inflammatory responses in your body. Sleeping seven hours a night, selecting non-inflammatory foods with each meal, spending 10 to 15 minutes in the sun each day, and supporting your gut health with a probiotic are a few other simple yet effective strategies to keep your body thriving.

If you suspect that chronic inflammation could be diminishing your quality of life and forcing you to cope with pain and discomfort on a daily basis, don’t wait another minute to call London Wellness for help. Bonni London is a professional health expert who commits herself to helping her patients improve their overall health and wellness in natural and sustainable ways. Call (941) 584-8487 to make your first appointment today and get the personalized help you need!  

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