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Demystifying Chronic Inflammation: Understanding Its Impact on Your Health

Updated: Sep 9, 2023

Inflammation has become a hot topic (and for good reason!) in the last several years. It is thrown around so often that it's hard to nail down what it actually is!

In reality, inflammation is a white blood cell response where your immune system says, "Go fight off invaders." It can be acute or chronic but, regardless, inflammation truly is our body's defense to everything! Chronic inflammation is correlated to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, Alzheimer’s, and many types of arthritis!

How do you know if you have inflammation? While you can show symptoms like redness, swelling, joint pain or stiffness, headaches, and fatigue, you can also be asymptomatic! In which case, if you suspect something is off, doing a blood workup looking for specific markers can be helpful. We suggest:

  • Ferritin

  • C-reactive protein (CRP)

  • Cortisol

  • For women (and men, but definitely women) a full hormone panel as well

Okay. So you've learned you have inflammation. Now what?!

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While it’s always best to work with a trusted healthcare provider like a Naturopathic Doctor, Nutritionist, and possibly incorporate a physical modality such as an acupuncture or physical therapy, there are 7 simple tips everyone can incorporate to decrease inflammation:

  • Get sunshine and vitamin D

  • Prioritize at least 7 hours of sleep

  • Manage stress and anxiety

  • Balance blood sugar

  • Keep hydrated

  • Eat a whole food based diet

  • Include more omega-3’s (chia, flax, fatty fish, walnuts)

As simple as it sounds, these foundations are crucial. Start here and branch out. Our team is here for the next step!

At IVY Integrative, you can work with one practitioner or build your own team of holistic practitioners! Reach your optimum health in-person or online. Check out our Get Started page to learn how to work with us!

Until next time,

Nicole Elder

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This information is generalized and intended for educational purposes only. Due to potential individual contraindications, please see your primary care provider before implementing any strategies in these posts.



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