Inflammation is one of those things you don’t physically see take effect, but there’s a reason why it’s one of the most talked about issues today. Chronic inflammation, to be specific, is responsible for almost every modern-day disease — from obesity and diabetes to heart problems and autoimmune diseases. Even the mind isn’t spared; studies are starting to find a correlation between chronic inflammation and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Unlike acute inflammation, which protects us from infection and injury for a short period of time, chronic inflammation causes the body’s immune system switch to be permanently turned on, and its effects are akin to your body fighting a war with its own cells.

The good news is that this is one of the few health problems that can be easily solved as long as you make a few good choices about your diet and lifestyle. These changes are a cinch to accomplish (might require a bit of discipline, though) and are all highly affordable. You also won’t have to chug a glass of nasty herbal concoction, nor buy expensive supplements at the store that hardly work.

Because you don’t need another thing to stress about (which causes inflammation too!), we’ve come up with 5 easy lifestyle hacks that will ease up and hopefully, halt the effects of chronic inflammation on your body.