Did you know that inflammation is the common link between such debilitating conditions as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer and arthritis?
Inflammation is thought to be the culprit behind the visible signs of aging as well. I’m sure I have your attention now!
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 the common cold. You may experience inflammation in the form of a fever as your body heats up to eradicate the effects of the invading virus which is good but when it becomes chronic, low grade inflammation destroys the balance of your body. When your body's systems experience a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease.
What Causes Inflammation?
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.
Other causes of inflammation include:
Chronic low-grade food allergies and sensitivities that may cause few symptoms which is why most people don't think to check for allergies and sensitivities to the foods they are eating on a regular basis.
An imbalance of bacteria and fungi in your gastrointestinal tract causes your immune system to overreact to bacteria in your gut and can take awhile before you see the symptoms.
Stress! Constant psychological, emotional or physical stress raises the level of cortisol (hormone), creating inflammation.
Environmental toxicity from 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 with 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.
The Lasting Effects of Inflammation (long term damage)
Visible signs of aging like wrinkles
Susceptibility to Bacterial, Fungal and Viral Infection
Skin conditions like Psoriasis and Acne
High Blood Pressure
Urinary Track Infections
How to Reduce Inflammation
To restore your body's balance, focus on going back to the basics with both diet and lifestyle. Keep it close to nature with food and stay active. Just 30 minutes of walking a day has amazing value! It’s a good place to start.