Inflammation has become a widely discussed health topic in recent years. If you’re sick or injured, inflammation is a sign that your body’s immune system is working hard so that you can heal. However, many people experience inflammation when there’s no real cause for it, typically as a result of external triggers. In these circumstances, inflammation can be harmful to your health and even become a chronic problem.
Possible reasons for inflammation, aside from an infection or injury, include:
Stress triggers the body’s fight-or-flight response. This innate response is intended to prepare you to fight or run away, and it ramps up your immune system significantly. If stress becomes a chronic issue, it will frequently activate your immune system, causing unnecessary inflammation.
Toxins that enter your body through the food that you eat, the beverages you drink, or the air that you breathe can accumulate over time. A high toxic burden can continually stimulate your immune system and cause chronic inflammation. Integrative treatments such as chelation therapy reduce the body’s inflammatory response by ridding the body of toxic metals.
Unhealthy lifestyle factors can contribute to inflammation and increase the risk of inflammation becoming a chronic issue. These factors include:
- Eating unhealthy fats and added sugar in excess
- Disrupted sleep
Autoimmune conditions that cause the immune system to attack healthy tissue can lead to chronic inflammation. Unfortunately, these conditions, such as lupus, are often difficult to treat. However, holistic treatments like chelation therapy and IV therapy have helped many patients achieve relief from symptoms of autoimmune conditions.
Chronic inflammation can increase your risk of developing various health conditions and may diminish your overall sense of wellbeing. At MindBodySpirit Care, our integrative medicine specialists can determine a treatment plan to help you reduce and manage inflammation. Schedule an appointment at our center today!