Aging can result in chronic inflammation all over the body. Most of the time it goes unnoticed, but sometimes it can lead to other health problems. While it’s impossible to prevent all inflammation, there are ways to control it and prevent it from worsening.
Some people experience inflammation as a result of bad habits. The things they do, don’t do, eat, and are exposed to, can put stress on their bodies. Inflammation occurs as a reaction to this stress.
Anything a person can do to make themselves healthy and slow down aging and inflammation is good. Sometimes people need to make significant changes to their lifestyles while other times, small things make a big difference. People who experience severe inflammation may need to see a doctor for help with managing their symptoms.
Here are 30 things that can cause inflammation and speed up the aging process. Make sure you do everything possible to take care of your body so that you stay healthy. If you plan on being around for a long time, you need to have to take control of your health.
1. Your Sedentary Job
Do you sit all day at work? According to Healthy Way,
“This is not just about getting regular exercise, but also pertains to prolonged periods of sitting. Recent studies show that sitting too long can lead to higher mortality and early death. One study even indicated that standing up every 30 minutes throughout the day can have similar health benefits as quitting smoking.”
2. Lack of Vitamin D
Are you getting enough Vitamin D? If not, your skin can lose its ability to regenerate new skin cells, making you appear sickly. You can take supplements, eat foods rich in Vitamin D, or spend some time outdoors soaking up the sun, which helps your body produce this vitamin naturally.
3. Only Doing Cardio
Karsten Keller and Martin Engelhardt noted in the journal Muscles, Ligaments, and Tendons, “The aging process is associated with changes in muscle mass and strength with the decline of muscle strength after the 30th year. It’s great to do cardio, but, throw in some other exercises and workouts for good measure too. Your heart isn’t the only thing that needs a workout.”
4. Not Getting Enough Sleep
Do you get a full eight hours of sleep or do you try to get every second out of your day? A lack of rest may cause you to age faster. An expert on the subject with Healthy Way said,
“The importance of sleep cannot be stressed enough. Sleep allows your body to process nutrients taken in during the day and allows your mind to process events of the day.”
5. Job Dissatisfaction
Even if you love your job, it could cause your aging and inflammation to be more prominent. According to doctors,
“Mood disorders such as depression or anxiety can be linked to job dissatisfaction. There is an intricate interplay between health and job satisfaction in which both affect each other. When dealing with mental health, it is important to assess outlook on work as well as work-life balance.”
6. Emotional Stress
Emotional stress is a part of life, so it’s essential to learn how to deal with it. Still, you shouldn’t let emotional stress takeover. A reaction to stress can wear you down, make you appear tired and older, and cause inflammation throughout your body.
7. Physical Stress
What kind of job do you have? Are you continually straining and working your body physically? If so, that can lead to early aging and even inflammation in your body. Try to rest and let your body heal. Too much physical stress can be just as bad as emotional stress.
8. Digestive Issues
If you don’t have good digestive health, your body may fail to get rid of toxins and waste. These things can accumulate, causing a lot of problems. Your skin may start to look dry and lose its elasticity. You may even experience inflammation throughout your body.
9. Poor Diet
The food you put into your body has a big effect on your health. Certain foods contain a lot of sodium, which can cause inflammation. You may notice swelling in your fingers or ankles or feel flushed. Eating healthier can help reduce inflammation.
10. Insulin Levels
Whether you have diabetes or not, you should be aware of your insulin levels. If your levels are too low or high, you may feel sick, tired, and run down. Your insulin levels can also affect inflammation in our body, as well as your appearance.
11. Food Allergies
If you have food allergies, your body may react in the form of inflammation. If your reaction is mild, you may not even realize you have a food allergy. Look for reoccurring swelling after eating certain foods to see if you are having an allergic reaction. You can also talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
Your hormones are always changing. Sometimes they can cause you to age and look older, or lead to inflammation in your body. Hormonal changes may happen for a short time, or even months. If the issue becomes chronic, talk to your doctor.
Many synthetics found in clothing, furniture, and even hygiene products can cause inflammation. Read the labels to see which synthetics are in the products that you use and watch for any reaction to them. If so, avoid these products and find alternatives.
If you are around a lot of chemicals, you may notice that your skin begins to show signs of aging or that you experience inflammation throughout your body. Certain chemicals can have this effect on people. Avoid them if possible or wear protective gear to help reduce your exposure to them.
15. Trigger Foods
You may notice that certain foods cause inflammation throughout your entire body or only in certain parts. Avoid these trigger foods as much as possible. As you age, the number of trigger foods that cause a reaction might increase. Search for alternatives that you enjoy, but without leading to health problems.
16. Too Much Meat
Meat is a good source of protein, but too much of it can be bad for you. Because meat often contains sodium and in many cases is processed, consuming an excessive amount can lead to inflammation of the stomach and digestive tract. It can also cause cancer. Make sure you choose lean meats and avoid anything processed whenever possible.
17. Too Many Sweets
It’s hard to avoid sweets, but too many can harm your body. They can destroy your teeth, cause wrinkles, eye problems, and bad skin. Too many sweets can also cause inflammation in the joints and other parts of your body. Limit your sweet foods as much as possible to stay healthy.
18. Not Enough Greens
Leafy greens are an essential part of every diet. They are full of fiber, which can help your body digest food and eliminate toxins faster. If you aren’t eating enough greens, you may notice that you don’t feel well, become bloated, or have inflammation throughout your body.
19. Only White Grains
While It’s important to include grains in your diet, it’s better to have whole grains. A lot of people only eat white grains, which are bleached and processed. That can cause inflammation to develop throughout the body. It’s okay to eat white grains occasionally but always choose whole grains when possible.
20. You Don’t Eat Fish
Whether you don’t like fish, or you forget to eat it, you need the nutrients in it to help your body fight inflammation and aging. You can’t get many of these nutrients from other foods, and supplements don’t always cut it. Try to eat more fish to look and feel better.
21. Constant Stress
The more stress you feel, the more your body reacts. Inflammation is a common reaction to constant stress. Find ways to relax so that your mind and body can heal. Try yoga, get a massage, or go on vacation to improve your appearance, as well as physical and mental health.
22. Too Much Caffeine
Most of us rely on caffeine to get us through the day. In reality, a lot of people consume too much. Caffeine puts stress on the body, causes bloating and inflammation, and can even make the skin appear older and less healthy. If you drink less caffeine but get more sleep, you will still be able to handle your day.
23. Using Margarine
Using margarine may seem silly, but it’s a little thing that can have a significant effect on your body. While you might think that margarine is a healthy choice, it’s processed and full of chemicals. That means it’s rough on your body and appearance. Instead, use a small amount of real butter or shortening when you can. Give margarine a break now and then.
24. Consuming Too Much Alcohol
Alcohol can cause dehydration, which can make your skin dry and wrinkly. It can also lead to bloating, high blood pressure, and inflammation. A few drinks are okay, but too many can cause serious health problems and make you age faster. Try to keep your alcohol intake low.
25. Fried Foods
Most of us know that fried food isn’t good for the body, but we eat it anyway because It tastes so good. If you care about your body and your skin, reduce your consumption of fried foods. It’s okay to enjoy it occasionally, but not for every meal.
26. Processed Food
Processed food is not good for you, but most of us consume a lot of it anyway. The ingredients in processed foods can cause inflammation and bloating. They can also cause dehydration and wrinkles. Try to eat as little processed food as possible, choosing fresh instead.
27. Failure To Detox
Toxins build up in your body over time, and the only way to get rid of them is to detox. You can do this by avoiding bad foods and drinks for a while or using a detox product or program to eliminate them from your body. Accumulated toxins cause aging and inflammation.
Are you drinking enough water? If not, you could become dehydrated. Not only can that make you appear bloated, but it can also dry out your skin and cause it to lose elasticity. Dehydration can even make wrinkles and blemishes more prominent. Be sure that you drink your eight glasses of water a day.
29. Too Much Burnt Meat
Some people like their meats charred. However, when meats and other foods are cooked at high temperatures or burnt, carcinogens are released. These can lead to aging and other serious health problems. The more you cook meat, the more carcinogens are released.
30. Too Many Microwaveable Meals
The microwave might be fast and convenient, but it’s not good if you want to stay youthful. Microwave dinners are usually high in sodium. That means they can cause dehydration, water retention, and bloating, which can lead to inflammation and wrinkles. It’s okay to use the microwave occasionally but not regularly.
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