The Brinson Wellness Newsletter for November presents an article highlighting an issue that many are actually experiencing, that is, inflammatory processes or ‘chronic inflammation’.

Life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases may be directly related to the level of inflammation in the body.  Inflammatory processes in the body are a part of the healing processes or “flushness or redness” often seen following an injury, or as a response to infections or toxins.  Unfortunately, we can experience persistent and elevated inflammatory levels for many years.

Health professionals suggest that chronic inflammation is destructive at the cellular level.  Under inflamed conditions in the body, clotting factors are essentially more active in producing clots which can lead to stroke or injury to the brain cells. Elevated inflammation can damage heart valves and promote resistance to insulin, which can lead to diabetes.

A blood test known as “C-reactive protein” is frequently used to help physicians quantify the inflammatory levels in the body.   Additionally, as we age, we tend to have more inflammatory processes that are often indicated by achy or painful joints.

How do we reduce inflammation?  Several ways to reduce inflammatory levels include selecting the right foods rich in fiber; minerals and antioxidants, continuing to be physically active will help.  Emphasize wholesome foods like green leafy veggies, whole grains, fish and fresh produce such as fruits and berries which contain natural anti-inflammatory nutrients.  Also helpful is keeping your blood pressure and body weight at normal levels will make a significant difference.