Lifestyle Hacks to Reduce Inflammation

We’ve all heard of inflammation and how prevalent (and damaging) it is in our everyday lives. Inflammation is the body's automatic response that occurs when it tries to fight off pathogens, infections or trauma and prevent them from harming us. But as we age, and become more susceptible to diseases like heart disease and Alzheimer’s, our immune response becomes less effective and chronic inflammation can take over. Luckily there are plenty of ways you can help regulate and reduce inflammation and its impact on your body. Here are a few ideas…

Cook your food carefully

According to a 2022 study, certain cooking methods increase inflammatory markers in the body. these include anything with a fierce heat such as roasting, frying or grilling. On the flipside, eating raw, steamed, stewed or boiled food is best to ensure you retain as much nutritional benefit as possible.

Factor in a massage

You might think of a massage as a bit of an unnecessary indulgence but, massage is a legitimate way to reduce inflammation in the body by reducing the amount of inflammation-inducing stress hormones. Not only that, but it also boosts the production of disease-fighting white blood cells.

Brush your teeth properly

And floss regularly and look after your gums. Although a good oral hygiene routine should be part of your normal daily routine, it’s worth emphasising because poor oral health, and in particular gum disease, has been linked to an increased risk of developing inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. To keep your mouth in the best shape, brush twice a day for at least two minutes a time, floss regularly and stay on top of your dental check-ups.

Do something relaxing

Anything that will help counteract stress in your life isn’t just good for your mental health but your physical health too. Studies show that stress and the influx of stress hormones produced by the body as a stress response are linked to a rise in inflammation in the body. Instead make time to hang out with friends or schedule in regular time for an activity that relaxes you.