Inflammation is a healthy, natural part of our body’s way of handling an injury. When there is trauma to an area, the blood vessels dilate making room for White Blood Cells, and other fluids to come into that space to help repair the damage. This is a vital part to our wellbeing and another fascinating aspect of the human body. However, sometimes our body remains in this state of being chronically inflamed, with our brain sending signals to our body that there is trauma and these fluids need to be secreted. Sometimes this is caused by an accident or an emotionally stressful time in your life, but sometimes the cause is unknown. If left untreated, this can be a very detrimental thing to our health and well-being.
Inflammation can be attributed to many different factors in our life, from the clothes we wear, to the foods we eat, to the way we sit. There are various studies done linking inflammation to the use of certain chemicals that can be found in all sorts of products. Think of how many different chemicals you use before you leave the house for work today. Shampoos, conditioners, soaps, toothpastes, lotions, cosmetics, fragrances and more all fall into this category. Take a moment to go through these products at your house and see how many on average that you are using, it is quite scary! Some of these chemicals are inhaled into our body, while others we intentionally slather on.
Diets are also a leading cause of chronic inflammation throughout the body. If you thought it was scary counting all the chemicals that you use each morning, go count all the ones that are in your food. Here in America, our diets are high in processed, sugary, starchy foods. Many of us frequent drive-thru’s and restaurants more than we do our own kitchens. These types of foods are high in Omega 6 acids which cause inflammation, making this the exact type of diet that inflammation thrives in. Making shifts in what you eat can greatly reduce pain throughout the body caused by inflammation.
If you are experiencing chronic inflammation without answers, take some time to evaluate these areas of your life. Choose products that contain fewer amounts of chemicals and are 100% organic. Do not buy foods that contain ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Eat a diet rich in legumes, nuts, greens, and berries. Familiarize yourself with the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list so you know which produce that you have to buy organic. Make these swaps, add in exercise, give your body time to adjust and detox and soon you will see your quality of life restored.
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