Inflammaging: how chronic inflammation affects our health

Illustration of a man's expressionless face held by three hands, symbolising the impact of inflammaging on aging

It's a natural progression: as we advance in years, our body's natural defence mechanisms - the immune system - may falter in its task of warding off infections and health hazards. This can pave the way for damaged cells to accumulate, triggering an inflammatory response. Whilst a short-lived inflammation acts as a guardian against infections and wounds, the phenomenon of 'inflammaging' or sustained inflammation can take a toll on our health. Such persistent inflammation is believed to underpin several age-linked diseases, encompassing heart disease, cancer, and even Alzheimer's.

Inflammaging can be caused by a variety of factors, including a poor diet, lack of exercise, chronic stress, and exposure to environmental toxins. These factors can lead to an increase in the production of pro-inflammatory molecules, such as cytokines and chemokines, which can damage our tissues and contribute to the development of chronic diseases.

However, there are steps we can take to reduce inflammaging and promote healthy ageing. One of the most effective strategies is to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and avoidance of environmental toxins. These lifestyle interventions have been shown to reduce inflammation, improve overall health and promote longevity.

At The Good Mood Co, we believe in empowering you with personalised strategies to counteract inflammaging and champion the journey of graceful ageing.