Sneaky Sources of Inflammation


Inflammation can be triggered by various factors, and some sources of inflammation may not be immediately apparent. The impact of these factors on inflammation can vary from person to person.

Maintaining a lifestyle that minimizes inflammation is essential for overall well-being

  1. Dental Plague - in a study of over 11,000 people found that the people with poor oral hygiene had a 7% increase risk of heart attack or stroke. The bad bacteria in your mouth can migrate to the blood steam and then to the heart.
  2. Air Pollution - while you can’t do much about the outside pollution, you can make your inside pollution much less. A study in Germany found that of 3,200 individuals, they found that those with higher levels also showed higher blood levels of inflammation marker, C reactive protein (CRP). Installing an indoor air filter can lower risk by 68%.
  3. Sleepless Nights - the less sleep you get, the inflammation markers go up. Lack of sleep has been connected to arthrosclerosis risk for years. Normally, blood pressure drops 10-20% with good sleep. This doesn’t happen with fitful sleep. Try using a digital sleep tracker to gauge exactly how much you are or aren’t sleeping. Work with your doctor to discuss a solution.
  4. Breast Implants - approximately 400,000 American Women have breast implants each year. Of these women, 35% of them will experience an infection which will start up the immune response and thus raise inflammation levels. The type of implant may improve these outcomes. They used to be smooth which often caused them to slip out of place. So they made the implants with a rough surface. These were removed from the market in 2019 due to links to a specific type of lymphoma. A study found that if an implant surface texture of 4 microns resulted in 10 times less fibrous scar tissue and lowered inflammation than the old implants that were 90 micron surface.

Foods That Fight Inflammation

Beans, canned or fresh
Cereal Whole Grains
Chili Peppers
Citrus Fruits
Cruciferous Vegetables
Dark Chocolate
Dried Herbs
Fatty Fish such as herring, sardines, salmon, anchovies and mackerel
Fermented Foods
Red grapes
Dark Leafy Greens
Olive Oil

Source: The Complete Guide to Anti-Inflammation by Centennial Health

By being mindful of our choices and habits, we can reduce the risk of chronic inflammation, which is associated with various health conditions. Making conscious decisions regarding our diet, physical activity, stress levels, sleep quality, and exposure to toxins can help create an environment that promotes optimal immune function and keeps inflammation at bay. By prioritizing inflammation-reducing practices, we can strive for a healthier and more balanced life.

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