When you hear the word ‘inflammation’ you’ll probably think of an area that has been swollen through some type of trauma. Your body responds to an injury by sending immune cells, hormones and proteins to the area; this encourages the area to heal and prevents bacteria from infecting it. But, there is also a long term health risk linked with low grade inflammation.
The inflammation is a sign that your body is working properly. It will usually happen quickly after a trauma and subside again in a few days. But low grade inflammation, which is often referred to as chronic inflammation is different.
In fact you could view low grade inflammation as more of a response to wear and tear instead of trauma.
Your body responds to any threat or perceived threat by sending an inflammatory response. When the threat is not actually real the white blood cells have nothing to do. In some cases they can actually attack your own organs and healthy tissues.
In other instances the threat is real but you’re not aware of it. The inflammation can be persistent but it is a sign that there is something wrong; you should get it checked out.
Primary Causes of Low Grade Inflammation
When your body sends white blood cells and other compounds to a specific site it is responding correctly; either you have a trauma or you have an issue that you need to know about.
Of course a doctor will help to diagnose your issue but knowing the most common causes of low grade inflammation and how to deal with them will help you to relieve the issue without the need for prescription medicines:
Diet Induced Low Grade Inflammation
Your gut is effectively a barrier between the external and your internal body;
failing to look after it by adopting an
unhealthy diet will damage the
intestinal lining and cause inflammation of your gut.
Research suggests that low grade inflammation and gut health are linked. Some of the more commons sources of low grade inflammation and poor gut health are:
- Processed meats
- Sugary food and drink
- White bread
- White pasta
- Trans fats – generally found in fried food
- Processed snack food
- Artificial Sweeteners
Top Tips to Treat Inflammation
Change Your Diet
One of the most important things you can do is to change your diet. This is not as difficult as it may seem. You can take a look at our 1-day meal plan for inspiration or join the FF30X today to get access to an array of nutritional information.
Butter, coconut oil, olives and avocado are full of healthy fats. These support the natural processes in your body and help to get rid of inflammation; you can start eating more of these today.
The perfect plate method is a great way to eat more healthily without needing to count every calorie you eat.
But, as always; the best way to a healthier lifestyle is to adopt an approach
A Healthier You
The key to successfully getting rid of low grade inflammation is adopting a healthy lifestyle. That’s what The Fit Mother Project is here for. Join FF30X today and connect with others who are looking to get the same result as you.
There’s plenty of advice and support from those on the same journey as you.
It’s always much easier to achieve a goal if you have the support of those
closest to you.
Your new friend & health coach,
Head Training Staff, The Fit Mother Project
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*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on low grade inflammation.