One of the most serious problems that people face as they age is an increased risk of chronic inflammation and arthritis. Chronic inflammation, if not addressed effectively, can lead to additional health problems such as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, strokes, and heart disease. Fortunately, there are things you can do to assist, such as increasing your intake of anti-inflammatory foods. Here are some suggestions for reducing inflammation in the body.
Chronic stress can also play a role in inflammation. Use meditation, tai chi, yoga, or other healthy stress-relieving practices throughout the day to help you manage and reduce stress. Another effective stress-reduction strategy is to obtain adequate quality sleep each night.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Another key factor in lowering inflammation is achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. You’ll be on the road to effective weight control if you eat properly, avoid harmful foods, and live a more active lifestyle. Following the recommendations above is a wonderful approach to getting started on a weight-loss quest.
Lead an Active Lifestyle
The benefits of regular exercise for your health are well known, so it may come as no surprise that walking on a daily basis might help you reduce inflammation even more. Being physically active does not have to entail spending hours at the gym lifting weights. If you’re just beginning to start with a workout regimen, choose activities that you’ll love. Try going for a stroll with a buddy or signing up for a low-impact exercise class together. The goal is to make exercise feel like fun.
Eat Food that Reduces Inflammation
Removing certain items from your diet is only the first step toward reducing inflammation as you age. Doctors also advise adding more Mediterranean-style foods to your diet.
Change up your diet by including anti-inflammatory foods like:
- Cocoa with dark chocolate
- Chili with bell peppers
- Grass tea
- Fish high in fat
- Vegetables with green leaves
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Green leafy vegetables
- Walnuts with almonds
An anti-inflammatory diet can typically alleviate the undesirable side effects of various drugs, such as fogginess, memory loss, and sleepiness. As so many anti-inflammatory foods are fruits and vegetables, you may consider growing them yourself as a pastime.
Avoid Inflammatory Food
Inflammation is the body’s reaction to pollutants as it attempts to detoxify itself. Your food might play a significant role in causing inflammation in your body. Avoid meals containing substances that are frequently recognized to trigger inflammation in the body for the elderly suffering pain and joint sensitivity. These are some examples:
- Omega-6 fatty acids
- Substitutes for sugar
- Glutamate monosodium (MSG)
- Red and processed meats
- Saturated fatty acids
- Foods and drinks with added sugar
- Foods that are fried
- Refined carbohydrate
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