5 Part series on Reducing Inflammation: Part 1 (Overview)
First off, inflammation isn’t always a bad thing. Our bodies use inflammation as a way of protecting and healing injuries. Swelling naturally occurs after an injury – like a cut to the finger – to help in the healing process. Similarly, inflammation happens during some illnesses and is part of the cycle of healing. So, in some cases inflammation is an appropriate and necessary part of getting better. Inflammation may be a good way for your body to counteract infection, but constant recurrence can possibly damage the gut microbiome or cause harm to joints and skin. Having said that, chronic inflammation can be a chief reason people are in pain when injuries and illnesses aren’t present.
Long-term inflammation can lead to a number of symptoms and affect your body in many ways. Common symptoms of chronic inflammation can include:
- body pain
- constant fatigue and insomnia
- depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders
- gastrointestinal issues, like constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux
- weight gain
- frequent infections
When you’re living with chronic inflammation, your body’s inflammatory response can eventually start damaging healthy cells, tissues, and organs. Over time, this can lead to DNA damage, tissue death, and internal scarring.
All of these are linked to the development of several diseases, including:
- heart disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
- type 2 diabetes
- cognitive decline and dementia (in older adults) (SOURCE: https://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-inflammation#impact-on-the-body
Is there a way to test for inflammation in the body?
When the body encounters inflammation, the liver responds by producing C- Reactive Protein (CRP). For this reason, a high count of CRP usually is seen as a marker for it. Since there aren’t external signs, a blood test is the only way to determine a high count. This molecule is important because it can signal internal and even chronic inflammation, which can have lasting health effects. (SOURCE)
What you’re eating – and not eating – could be causing inflammation in your body
Our diet can be a contributing factor to inflammation. The foods we are eating and the ones we aren’t can create or heal inflammation. Some foods that cause inflammation are pretty easy to identify, but there are foods you might not think contribute. It’s valuable to understand what foods promote healing and which ones contribute to inflammation.
Overall, inflammation-causing foods are lumped into groups. Groups like:
- Processed foods
- Refined carbohydrates
These categories account for a lot of foods so it’s important to take a look at the foods you eat on a regular basis and identify foods that might be adding to chronic inflammation. Additionally, while these are the top categories of foods that can cause inflammation, your body is unique and may react to what’s considered a “healthy” food. Issues like food allergies can cause chronic inflammation you may not be aware of.
Failure to move your body can contribute to inflammation
Living a sedentary lifestyle is a chief contributor to chronic illnesses, including Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Failure to move regularly can deteriorate muscle tone and reduce the vitality and ease of movement for joints. Stiffness can morph into mobility restrictions that could be avoided, or improved through exercise. Eating anti-inflammatory foods can ease some diseases like arthritis.
Inflammation can be a chief reason people live with chronic pain.
Making simple changes in your diet, including eliminating unhealthy foods and introducing anti-inflammatory foods, can reduce inflammation quickly. Becoming more active can help speed things up even more.
Reducing chronic inflammation is something you can take control of and become pain free.
What is the link between alkaline/acidic conditions in the body, calcium, cholesterol, adrenal glands, kidney filtration, your parathyroid, your lymphatic system and inflammation? Watch the following video to see how Rita Jean regenerated her body from chronic pain:
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Next Week: Part 2: Using Food to Reduce Inflammation