10 ways you may be increasing your risk of chronic inflammation

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Modern medicine is now realizing that chronic inflammation can lead to serious diseases like atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and possibly even cancer. Some doctors even suspect that inflammation could be the cause of all disease.  Inflammation results from the body’s response to things it considers harmful. It could be an injury or even something you eat. Inflammation usually causes pain, swelling, redness and increased warmth. Reducing inflammation in your body could help you lower you risk from disease and allow you to enjoy better overall health. Here are 10 common causes of inflammation.

1. Stress

More and more research is finding that stress is a major problem that may lead to a host of health problems. Extended periods of stress cause the body’s immune system to ramp up and promote a nearly continuous state of “fight or flight” mode – a state of mental and physical “readiness” in response to an imminent threat. Living your life in this condition is not normal or conducive to long, happy life.

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