(This is the first in our series on the nine benefits at the core of FoodTrients® and all of our recipes. We’ll explore each of these incredible anti-aging nutrients and how they help fight the diseases of aging.)
Inflammation has been linked to many chronic health conditions from autoimmune disease, cancer, heart disease and diabetes, when it occurs at high levels in the body over a period of time. Defining what it is, when it’s helpful, when it’s not, and what to do about it is critical if you’re focused on optimizing your health. As we explore each FoodTrient and how they affect your health, let’s start with anti-inflammatory.
Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to a stressor. Anything that puts stress on the body: an injury, a virus or bacterial infection, food sensitivity or allergy, or even a hard workout. This causes acute inflammation which is helpful when it is short-lived, like fitness, and the body has time to rest and recover, creating strength. In a prolonged state of inflammation, the body is continually in a state of stress which can lead to digestive problems, reduce the body’s ability to heal, lower immunity, and a host of other serious problems and diseases. Chronic inflammation can lead to an imbalance throughout the body.
The good news about chronic inflammation is that there are ways to reduce it through diet and lifestyle changes.
Making lifestyle changes to address inflammation can have a huge impact on long term health. Studies have shown that inflammation is directly involved with aging and age-related conditions. Making efforts to reduce chronic inflammation is an important part of healthy aging and it’s a very important FoodTrient.