Inflammation Isn’t a Fan of Your Longevity Goals. Here’s What You Need To Know To Reduce It

Whether it’s obesity, cancer, diabetes, neurological complications or appendicitis, there’s one thing in common with all of these in addition to the any other medical illness, issue and condition:

Inflammation.

Doesn’t matter if it’s physical or physiological, inflammation is no one’s friend when it’s excessive and digging a hole no one willingly wants to bare witness to when it’s done.

Inflammation is something we all need to avoid when it comes to longevity and quality of life.

So I made a quick list in case anyone was curious to know what they are. If you aren’t familiar with Mark Hyman or Chris Kresser, they go into more wonderful detail of these topics all across the board. But here it is summed up for y’all.

  • Eat. Real. Food. If you can kill it or grow it, game on. There are exceptions to the rule, i.e. Kerrygold butter, coconut and extra virgin olive oil, to name a couple. But do your homework in how certain foods are made and what you may tolerate.
  • Get as much sunlight/vitamin D that your skin tone needs on a daily basis.
  • Practice pleasure. Make appointments if you have to. You do that with everything else, right?
  • Mitigate stress when you can. If you love being around drama, you may be screwed in fixing this, but if you don’t or are tired of being around it, audit your environment and either pluck them or yourself out from it. If there are certain particulars you can’t avoid, do what you gotta do until you ain’t gotta do it anymore, but definitely start making a Plan B or Plan C escape route, if it’s possible.
  • Move. If you don’t use it, you’re definitely gonna lose it! Your joints are the most important physical aspect of your body as far as aging with class is concerned. If you don’t know how you should be moving, either look at YouTube videos of toddlers or get started with the GymnasticBodies program(s) ASAP (I have no affiliation with this company, but they provide is crazy, insane good for you).
  • Sleep 6–8+ hours/night. Your immune system “reboots” itself under a good night’s sleep. But it’s recommended to be straight sleep with no interruptions.
  • If you’re not getting certain micronutrients from your daily diet, you need to be getting them from supplements. Although keep in mind, not all supplements are created equal. There are high and low qualities in this arena.

A good functional medicine practitioner should be able to better guide you on all of these!