Inflammation & Foods
What exactly is inflammation?
Inflammation is the way our body responds to injury. We can usually tell a part of our body is inflamed when it is red, hot, swollen and we can’t move it properly. Think of a stubbed toe or a sprained ankle.
Inflammation is present in all ‘it is’ conditions, such as arthritis, hepatitis, bursitis and many others. However, inflammation can also occur inside our body in a much more silent way, where we don’t even know it is happening.
Fatigue and pain are classic indicators that There’s too much inflammation in your body.
Actually your body will give you several clues. It is important to pay attention to these signs because if not addressed, they may spell future health problems.
Natural ways of reducing inflammation
Diet. It all starts with your diet. This makes sense because we all need to eat, and your mouth is the main source of foreign material entering your body. The food you eat can either be nourishing or harmful. The type of food you eat will also determine the types of microbes that live in your gut. Processed foods tend to feed all the wrong bugs. The most inflammatory foods are sugar, gluten, wheat, cow’s milk, artificial additives and any food you have an allergy or sensitivity to. Therefore it is best to base your diet on vegetables, salads, protein (for example eggs, poultry, seafood, and meat), healthy fats, fruit, nuts and seeds. Try to avoid eating foods that come in packets.
Try to maintain a healthy weight. As mentioned, being overweight will result in a far greater production of inflammatory chemicals in your body. If you base your diet on the foods listed in the point above, you’ll find it much easier to lose weight.
Clean up your bowel. The main source of toxicity entering your bloodstream is via a toxic bowel. This is especially true if you suffer with irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, leaky gut syndrome or if you’re taking acid suppressing medication. The microbes living inside us and on us outnumber our human cells by 10 to 1, and the majority of these bugs live in your bowel. That means they have an enormous bearing on your health and it’s critical to look after them.
Try to get good solid sleep. Good quality sleep and adequate sleep are both critical for optimal health but they tend to be much undervalued. Many people skimp on sleep, thinking they’ll catch up later. Unfortunately you never really do catch up. Sure you can sleep in on the weekend but a loss of sleep negatively impairs your immune system long term. Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night and try to be in bed by 10:30pm
Having too much Inflammation in your body is a significant risk factor for future health problems.