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You’ve undoubtedly heard of inflammation before, but you more than likely waved it off as a nuisance that comes around every once in awhile. Inflammation is a pain (literally), but it’s actually a good thing… most of the time. Inflammation is a process that comes to the body’s aid when injured. The inflammatory cells are sent by the immune system to trap the offending substance or heal the tissue.

It turns a corner, however, when your body starts believing it is constantly under attack. It goes under high alert causing something called Chronic Inflammation. Ever heard of the phrase, “too much of a good thing is a bad thing”? Chronic Inflammation can promote a build-up of dangerous plaque and can result in diseases such as Lupus, Graves’ disease, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia and more.

Exercise plays a big part in keeping that Chronic Inflammation away. Here are a few steps you can take to help you fight the unhealthy effects of inflammation:

  1. Make it a habit. Try and get in at least a small amount of physical activity each day. This can include walking, running, swimming, yard-work … even 30 minutes of windows-hopping at the mall counts.

  2. Mix it up. Make an effort to mix up your exercise a little, getting in some aerobic exercise and weightlifting.

  3. Don’t over-work yourself. If you find yourself sore for days and days after each workout, tone it back a bit. Overworking yourself can actually fan the flame of inflammation rather than fight it.

  4. Keep a healthy mind. Angry people have higher CRP levels than calm people. Try and combine a meditative focus with physical exercise in practices like yoga.

The doctors at Associates In Digestive Health want you to live your healthiest life! If you have any concerns or symptoms, please call and make an appointment today.