Did you know that inflammation is the common link between such debilitating conditions as Alzheimers, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis?
Did you know inflammation is thought to be the culprit behind the visible signs of aging?
Inflammation is a wellness buzz-word these days, and for good reason. If you reduce inflammation in your body, you’ll not only look and feel younger, but you’ll significantly lower your risk for chronic disease!
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is your body’s response to stress – whether from your diet, lifestyle or environment. Think of what happens when you catch a cold. You may experience inflammation in the form of a fever as your body heats up to eradicate the effects of the invading virus.
This kind of inflammation is good, but the modern epidemic of chronic, low-grade inflammation destroys the balance in your body. When your body’s systems experience a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease.
What causes Inflammation?
- Body Ecology believes that one of the main causes of inflammation is low-grade bacterial, viral, and fungal infections in the bloodstream and organs like the stomach and gastro-intestinal tract. For example, H pylori is a bacteria in the stomach that contributes to inflammation and the development of ulcers. H pylori is present in 50% of adults over 60 years old and in 20% of adults under the age of 40! As you can see, inflammation is quite common and caused by more than just pathogenic organisms.
- An imbalance of bacteria and fungi in your gastrointestinal tract, also known as dysbiosis. This causes your immune system to overreact to bacteria in your gut and can be without notable symptoms.
- Stress: Constant psychological, emotional or physical stress raises the level of cortisol, creating inflammation.
- Environmental toxicity from our air, water, food pollutants and toxic metals like mercury and lead all contribute to inflammation and have been linked to diseases as varied as endometriosis and cancer.
- Diet and lifestyle: too much fat, sugar, and protein in your diet, constant dehydration, consumption of too many sodas or caffeine, inactivity, and lack of sleep can all increase inflammation in your body.
Lasting effects of Inflammation
Effects of Inflammation can be pretty much any disease from isible signs of aging like wrinkles, susceptibility to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, acid reflux, cancer, skin conditions like psoriasis and acne, arthritis, bronchitis, chronic pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, heart disease, candidiasis to urinary tract infections.
How to reduce Inflammation and reduce or prevent disease
To restore your body’s balance, we recommend going “back to basics” with both diet and lifestyle.
- I would highly recommend eating a plant based diet high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Fermented food is great as well as the prebiotics are needed in your gut.
- Reduce stress and get enough sleep.
- Do not consume artificial sugar, too much caffein and animal products. Animal products are known to cause inflammation. There are many reasons for that and one is, that animal products contain antibiotics which damage our good gut bacteria.
I hope you enjoyed reading this weeks blog post and found it helpful. While working with clients, I am always paying attention to the health of their gut microbiome since it is so important to our holistic health!
As a Health Coach, I am mentoring my clients to create and maintain long-term lifestyle changes to enhance their overall quality of life. In addition to supporting clients with specific goals, I empower my clients to choose health-promoting behaviors that work for them. I raise awareness and offer support as clients move in their own bio-individual ways toward the greater health they want for themselves. My coaching hopefully leads to long-term behavior change, but only because I help my clients do the meaningful work that forms a strong foundation.
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