Sticking to a healthy diet most of the time is the most important thing you can do for your health, but if you have an unhealthy lifestyle you could be sabotaging all your hard work. Here are few saboteurs to look out for:
Reduce your exposure to toxins:
When you’re exposed to environmental toxins, your immune system can react by creating inflammation. Not using herbicides and pesticides, sticking to safe plastics, and switching to natural cleaning products and personal care products will significantly reduce your exposure to toxins.
Avoid unnecessary antibiotics:
Antibiotics kill bacteria, both good and bad, disrupting your gut flora, which leads to chronic inflammation. Unless you have a bacterial infection, say no to antibiotics. Advanced glycation end (AGEs)
products: AGEs are compounds found in most animal products that increase in number and strength when meat is grilled, fried, and barbecued.
AGEs are known to contribute to inflammation. Use slow cooking methods for meat instead.
Antacids and NSAIDS:
If you regularly take antacids to treat your indigestion or pop an NSAID like ibuprofen each time you experience pain, you’re setting yourself up for chronic inflammation. This is why asthma sufferers are advised not to take ibuprofen, because it adds to the inflammation.
Oral health is important too:
Regular brushing and flossing can help keep our mouths free of bacteria – bad bacteria, which causes gum disease, can get into the bloodstream and trigger inflammation. This is why gum disease has been linked with heart disease.
Keep your weight in check:
Being overweight is bad for us in so many ways, but fat cells also secrete a hormone which triggers inflammation.
Smoking and inflammation:
We all know smoking – even second-hand smoke exposure – contributes to several diseases; one of the reasons is that it causes excessive inflammation.
Get quality sleep:
Research shows loss of sleep, even for a single night, increases inflammation. If you’re getting less than six hours a night you’re at risk of oxidative stress, which leads to inflammation. Dealing with sleep issues like sleep apnea is vital to prevent this.