What do all health conditions have in common?
Inflammation is the common denominator that fuels all health conditions. Chronic inflammation is at the root of a host of modern diseases including diabetes, heart disease, depression, autoimmune disease, Alzheimer’s, digestive conditions, and more. In the presence of chronic inflammation, damage is done to areas of the body as pro-inflammatory substances are continuously secreted into circulation. This overactive immune process targets healthy cells and tissues, instead of protecting them. Over time, this activated immune system creates a disruption of the body’s natural harmonious state, leading to dis-ease and illness.
Within our modern culture and lifestyle lies an abundance of potential sources of inflammation.
Causes of chronic inflammation include: sugar and refined carbs, damaged oils, excessive omega-6 oils (soy, corn, safflower, vegetable), trans fat (hydrogenated oils), processed foods, fast/fried foods, hidden food allergies (gluten, dairy, corn, soy, peanuts, eggs), hidden infections, chronic emotional stress, over-exercising, lack of quality sleep, environmental toxins, overuse of medications and long term suppression of emotions.
So how would one know they have a silent fire burning within?
Signs of chronic inflammation: joint and muscle pain, headaches, trouble losing weight, digestive issues, allergies, acid reflux, skin disorders, autoimmune conditions, chronic dental issues, high blood pressure, brain fog
What can you do to calm inflammation?
Eat anti-inflammatory foods: choose organic, fresh and local as often as possible
- brightly colored vegetables and fruits including leafy greens, berries, lemons/limes, papaya, pineapple, kiwi, apples, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, tomato, cherries, figs, bell peppers, cucumbers, sprouts
- healthy fats and oils like salmon, sardines, mackerel, almonds, hemp seeds/oil, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, avocado, red palm oil, coconut
- sea veggies like seaweed, chlorella, algae, spirulina
- superfoods and spices such as turmeric, ginger, green tea, medicinal mushrooms, garlic, parsley, aloe vera, cinnamon, cacao, cayenne, dill, oregano, basil, apple cider vinegar
note: organic, grass fed meats are higher in anti-inflammatory fats and nutrients compared to conventional, as well as devoid of the inflammatory toxic load present in conventionally raised meats.
Practice healthy lifestyle habits:
- meditation, prayer, yoga, massage (studies show these reduce stress and inflammatory chemicals like C-reactive protein, fibrinogen and interleukin-6)
- connect with a community of like-minded people
- sleep: 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep in complete darkness
- spend time in nature regularly
- seek help from a health care professional if you suspect food intolerances or a potential gut infection
- limit environmental toxin exposure by choosing organic, natural home and personal care products, avoiding plastics, and drinking pure water
Cooling inflammation requires a holistic approach, as inflammation can stem from physical, mental and/or emotional dis-ease. It is so important to find balance in each of these areas. Really take a look at your life and how you are choosing to live.
Commit to making 2-3 small changes to start. Make them small and specific. Once those few changes feel like regular habits, choose 2-3 more. Keep going. Small and steady improvements in your diet and lifestyle will give you tremendous results in achieving optimal health and well-being.