Top 5 Causes of Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, type-2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.  Fortunately, chronic inflammation is preventable; understanding the direct causes is the first step in preventing inflammation in the body.

Digestive Health Issues

Since inflammation starts in the digestive system, it makes sense to take a look at the anti-inflammatory diet foods that reduce the effects of inflammation in the body.  Processed foods, sugar and foods high in saturated fat all contribute to inflammation.  Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics calm the digestive system and reduce inflammation; alkaline foods, like organic greens and vegetables also cool inflammation in the body.


Any form of stress, including physical and emotional stress, causes the release of cortisol, a stress hormone that contributes to inflammation in the body.  As a normal reaction to stress, your body reacts by pulling blood to the major organs (as a defense mechanism and response to real or perceived danger).  This reaction causes portions of the body to literally shut down, resulting in an inflammatory immune system response that can cause digestive issues, joint pain, and skin reactions – like breaking out in a rash or hives.

Blood Glucose Levels

High levels of blood glucose, or blood sugar, trigger a release of insulin; this increases the risk of diabetes and results in weight gain, slowed metabolism, increased blood pressure, and inflammation in the body.  A healthy diet that limits foods that are processed or high in saturated fat and sugar, regular exercise, and drinking plenty of fresh, filtered water will help regulate the blood glucose levels in the body.

Gluten Allergies

Some people are allergic to gluten, a protein found in wheat products.  For these people, eating gluten causes a severe immune system reaction, which may include diarrhea, bloating, rashes, hives, and headache.  The body is actually having an allergic reaction to gluten, which is found in thousands of processed foods, including salad dressings, ketchup, and even some soy sauces.

Unbalanced Hormones

Hormone levels in the body are constantly changing.  Dependent on a variety of conditions, including diet, age, and stress level, hormones sometimes become imbalanced.  When unbalanced, hormones contribute to a number of health issues, including slowed metabolism, weight gain, digestive issues, mood swings, and chronic inflammation.  A healthy diet and regular exercise are key in balancing hormones in the body.

Chemicals, Pesticides and Toxins

We are surrounded by harmful chemicals, pesticides, and toxins.  They are used to grow non-organic fruits and vegetables, added to drinking water, baked into bread, and to increase the size of animals used for food.  Unfortunately, even low-level exposure to these harmful toxins contribute to chronic inflammation and trigger severe reactions in the body; this increases the incidence of inflammation-related joint pain, heart disease, digestive health issues, mental health issues and autoimmune disorders.



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