One of the ailments of age is the increase of inflammation, or swelling of tissue in the body. Usually, inflammation is not really a bad thing in and of itself. It results from the body releasing certain substances to fight off infection, and thus is a necessary part of how the body protects itself. However, sometimes the body will release these substances when there is no threat whatsoever.
This is what happens in conditions such as arthritis or allergies. In both instances, inflammatory chemicals are released when there is no real threat to the body, thus leading to chronic pain, irritation, and general discomfort. When looking to reduce inflammation, there are a few things seniors can do. A few of these are:
- Keep moving: In addition to improving cardiovascular health, certain types of exercise can help reduce inflammation. In particular, mild resistance training, yoga, and cardiovascular exercise have been shown to decrease certain inflammatory chemicals.
- Eat fruits and vegetables: Many fruits and vegetables contain anti-inflammatory nutrients. Berries, zucchini, red grapes, and leafy greens can all introduce antioxidants that help reduce inflammation that stems from painful conditions.
- Use aspirin: On the medicinal side, aspirin can work in a pinch to lower inflammation, especially in the case of arthritis. While taking it regularly may be problematic, it is still useful for those instances when arthritis flares up.
- Increase omega-3 intake: Canola oil, fish oil, and flax seed contain omega-3 fatty acids that not only help reduce inflammation, but by extension can prevent heart disease. Consider increasing omega-3 levels and reducing unhealthy fats.
When taking steps to reduce inflammation, it’s important to make sure they are safe and conducive to overall health. Skilled professionals, such as caretakers and nurses at Senior Care Centers, can provide a clear idea of what will be best for those suffering from chronic inflammation.