As you age, your body experiences inflammation, sometimes referred to as “inflammaging.” This age-related inflammation could potentially be linked to developing health issues as we grow older. It’s key to differentiate between acute inflammation and chronic inflammation, however. Acute inflammation is a necessary component of the body’s healing process; chronic inflammation, on the other hand, could trigger health conditions as we age, such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.
And while we can’t stop the body from aging, we can take steps to manage chronic inflammation to age the most healthy way possible, reports healthline.com. Making some changes to your lifestyle habits will help mitigate the chronic inflammation of your body as you get older.
Start with eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Think a diet rich in antioxidants and polyphenols: fruits including a variety of berries, fatty fish such as salmon, leafy greens, olive oil, and whole grains. At the same time, you’ll want to limit inflammatory foods from what you eat: cut out fried food from your diet, along with refined carbs such as pastries, processed meats, and high-fat dairy products.
Manage your stress levels. When your body experiences chronic stress, it releases cytokines that can cause inflammation. How to maintain healthy stress levels? Begin a mindfulness practice, if you haven’t already. Practice self-care and make time for activities you enjoy, whether that’s volunteering at your favourite organization to exploring your creativity through your art. Spending time with loved ones can ease stress levels as well.
For three other tactics that can help you manage your inflammation as you age, check out the healthline.com tips here.