Inflammation is our body's natural response to combat bacteria, injuries and foreign invaders of all types. This is normally a good thing and completely normal and necessary. But sometimes things can go very wrong! When your body is over burdened by excess stimuli that it recognizes as a threat requiring an inflammatory response, it can become weakened and lose its ability to turn off the inflammatory response when it is appropriate. Examples of excess stimuli include: toxic overload from artificial ingredients in food, pesticides used to produce our food as well as antibiotics and growth hormones used to produce meat and dairy. When the immune system becomes weakened and inflammation becomes chronic, symptoms begin.
Some common signs or symptoms of inflammation can include:
Digestive issues (constipation, diarrhea or other stomach discomforts)
Joint pain or stiffness
Muscle pain or discomfort (not caused by exercise)
High blood pressure
Blood sugar regulation issues
Skin problems such as rashes or eczema
Increased occurrences of colds, flu or other illnesses
Many people develop one or more of these symptoms and they may be minor enough that they can be ignored or just accepted as normal. Often symptoms may be attributed to "aging" but this is far from true. If ignored, these common symptoms can develop into Autoimmune Conditions such as Lupus, Hashimotos, Crohn's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, IBS, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia or others such as Heart Disease, Diabetes or even Cancer. This mind you, is the short list. There are now over 80 different autoimmune conditions recorded and the increase in occurrence is skyrocketing.
So, what can you do to decrease your risk? Reduce your exposure to potential triggers. There are a variety of things that can be triggers but two major culprits are Poor Diet and Leaky Gut / Poor gut Health. The good news is that with dedication, these can be controlled! Here are some basic things that you can do to improve gut health and in turn, reduce inflammation:
Eliminate packaged processed foods
Drink plenty of clean, filtered water.
Remove inflammatory foods such as Gluten, Dairy, Corn, Soy and Sugar
Remove common irritants like alcohol and caffeine.
Include gut healing foods such as Bone Broth, fermented foods (like sauerkraut and kimchi) sea vegetables and Kombucha.
Include anti-inflammatory foods such as: Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Berries, Fresh Green Vegetables (spinach, kale, and chard), Olive oil, Coconut oil, Nuts (almonds and walnuts), Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines) and Fruits like Cherries and Oranges.
If you are already experiencing symptoms, especially if your symptoms have advanced to a diagnosed (or sometimes DIFFICULT to diagnose) condition, improving gut health takes time. It may also require a deeper look at what is really going on in your personal situation. Everyone is different. Triggers and foods that work or do not work are very individual. So, if you do not notice changes right away, don't give up. There IS HOPE! You may just need to look beyond the basics. Listed above are basic dietary strategies and do not include special diets that may be needed for certain conditions or supplements that may be beneficial.
Sometimes change can be overwhelming. Remember to take Small Healthy Steps, this gives you the best possible scenario for lasting change. Be kind to yourself and get support if needed! Your health is worth it!
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