Reduce Inflammation to Protect Yourself From the Coronavirus

"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits." - Thomas Jefferson

According to WebMD inflammation is a process by which the body's white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection from foreign organisms such as bacteria and viruses.

However, at times the immune system triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off and the inflammation becomes chronic, and that's where the mischief starts that can lead to serious health disorders. 

We need to look at ways to reduce inflammation, as it can adversely impact the immune system and make it less able to defend you from a pathogen.  

Symptoms of acute (short-term) inflammation include redness, pain, heat, and swelling.

Symptoms of chronic (long-term) inflammation often takes place inside the body without any noticeable symptoms. This type of inflammation can cause illness such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Chronic inflammation can also be brought on by extreme stress, a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight.

Certain foods such as refined carbohydrates, alcohol, red meats, dairy products, and foods containing partially hydrogenated oils can promote inflammation, while foods such as vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats such as omega 3 can reduce inflammation.

Also worth mentioning as a common cause of inflammation is intestinal permeability - or leaky gut.  A mucosal layer protects the inside of the gut, but when it becomes damaged, large molecules of food pass through it and it activates the immune system and inflammation begins.

To keep our immune system functioning optimally we need to eat a nutritious diet, implement an exercise routine, fix any leaky gut issues and resolve excess stress as much as possible. Taking a high-quality multivitamin can also support your health.

You can work on your lifestyle and implement changes that will keep your immune system in optimal condition to fight off COVID-19 as well as any other threats to your health.

Since stress impacts the body so much we recommend turning off the news and focusing on positive things.  Once a day of hearing bad news is enough.

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