If you ask any healthcare provider or doctor of chiropractic what one of the most common causes of back and neck pain is, chances are high that you’ll find yourself getting lectured on the dangers of inflammation in the body.
Thanks to the information I learned from a great article by Balanced Chiropractic, I’ll spare you from the lecture here by simply telling you the basic facts about inflammation, including how it’s caused and how it can be prevented by moderating your diet as well as other areas of your life.
Why exactly is inflammation in the body so detrimental to our health? Excessive inflammation in the body is essentially the body’s way of overreacting to a potential threat. Even if there isn’t any harmful foreign substance in the bloodstream, some diseases or pain related conditions, such as arthritis or sciatica, trigger the immune system’s inflammatory response.
This overabundance of inflamed tissue leads to a lot of potentially painful or uncomfortable conditions and symptoms. Redness and swollen joints is not uncommon, and many people experience a serious loss of mobility and movement ability when their inflammatory reaction is kicked into overdrive. Inflammation can also lead to increased fatigue, headaches, or even a fever and chills. Over time, the painful and harmful swelling of the joints can actually corrode the cartilage in your body, which can lead to joint and nerve pain and stiffness.
So how can you avoid this potentially serious health condition? If you are at a high risk of developing inflammation from arthritis or sciatica, it’s important to start seeing a chiropractor right away, as soon as you can, so you can start getting the proper adjustments and treatments that will work to reduce inflammation in the body and restore circulation and mobility in the joints. Whether you are currently at risk for developing high amounts of inflammation in the body or not, you can benefit from adding anti-inflammatory foods into your diet.
Most food items that are high in omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon and chia seeds, are great for reducing inflammation in the body. Kale, Swiss Chard, and Collard Greens are also great for preventing inflammation from developing. These foods, along with most fruits, vegetables and eggs, have been proven in scientific studies to work just as well as anti-inflammatory drugs and medications, but without any of the risky side effects.
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