Inflammation | Your Body’s Natural Response to Irritations
There has been much dialogue in recent times, regarding inflammation within the body and how it can cause a number of diseases or make an illness worse. However, there are times when the human body needs inflammation or swelling to occur, in order to heal. To ensure that our bodies are healthy and able to repair itself, it is important to understand and know the difference between good and bad inflammation; the times when it’s crucial to allow it to occur and in other situations, when it’s not helpful for the body.
Some Causes of Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is triggered by numerous factors, but most of them are within your control and can be avoided or replaced. Take a look at this list. Anything sound familiar?
- Poor dietary choices: processed foods, too many animal products (factory farmed are the worst offenders), sugary drinks, trans fats and certain unhealthy saturated fats, and excess alcohol
- Gut health issues
- Food allergies
- Chronic infections (bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites)
- Stress and exhaustion
- Sedentary lifestyle
How to Reduce Chronic Inflammation
- Eat more plant-based, whole, nutrient-dense foods.
- Focus on gut health.
- Identify and address food allergies and chronic (or hidden) infections.
- Relax and rest more.
- Reduce toxins in your food, home, and personal care products.
When Inflammation Can Heal
In 2011, a study conducted by Dr.Umut Ozcan found that in contradiction to what was originally believed, inflammation may not be the enemy that was once thought. He found that when inflammation occurred, 2 proteins were activated which stabilised blood sugar levels in mice who were obese or who had diabetes. For over 20 years, inflammation was seen as a hindrance to obesity and diabetes but with the new findings, it seems that in these cases it is actually of benefit.
How to Live Healthily
As with most things, moderation is the key. Luckily, the diet and supplements recommended to combat chronic inflammation are the same that are advocated for a healthy lifestyle. Plenty of fruits and vegetables, the fewer processed foods the better and eliminate chronic stress from your life! Natural products like Ginger and Boswelia are great for the body, being full of antioxidants. Combined with the fact that they are anti-inflammatory too, making them an ideal supplement for general health.