There are a lot of markers of health that are important, but if you want to simplify your focus to reduce overwhelm - reducing inflammation is the place to concentrate!
One way to look at inflammation is to think of it like a fire in the body.
If you have a fire in your house, do you finish folding the laundry before you put it out? Or do you drop everything you’re doing to make sure it’s put out and everyone is safe?
Most likely you chose the latter, and that is exactly what your body does when inflammation is present. Inflammation diverts precious energy and resources away from healing other parts of your body.
Inflammation and I have had quite the journey over the years and it’s so important to me because it’s a root cause of dis-ease and can significantly reduce the quality of life when it goes unchecked or unmanaged for too long.
“The prevalence of diseases associated with chronic inflammation is anticipated to increase persistently for the next 30 years in the United States. Worldwide, 3 of 5 people die due to chronic inflammatory diseases like stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, heart disorders, cancer, obesity, and diabetes.” ~ National Center for Biotechnology Information
Inflammatory diseases span a wide array of conditions but include: allergies, asthma, celiac’s disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
While, inflammation is a normal and healthy reaction from the immune system when the body is fighting anything it perceives to harm it such as an injury, pathogen, toxin, or virus when it gets out of control it can wreak havoc throughout the body - especially how you feel on a day-to-day basis.
Dizziness or Balance Challenges: Inflammation can target certain individuals nerve coatings (Multiple Sclerosis) which can create feelings of dizziness or trouble balancing.
Upset Digestion: An inflamed digestive tract is no fun for anyone. Diarrhea, bloating, abdominal cramping, and urgency to go are all signs something wants to be addressed within.
Arteriosclerosis: A big name to say the inside of the arteries are narrowing due to plaque build up. If your doctor has expressed concerns about this or you have a family history, taking steps to reduce your body’s overall inflammation levels is a great place to start.
Chronic Fatigue: Always exhausted even after sleeping like a baby for 8-10 hours? Prolonged bouts of tiredness is one of the prevalent signs of experiencing long term inflammation. Think back to the fire example - all your energy to show up and perform is being sent to put out the inflammation fires in your body.
Forgetfulness: When the brain becomes inflamed its function is affected. This can also be caused from overwhelm and high stress levels without the brain necessarily being inflamed. Researchers continue to study the effects of inflammation on the brain but early research links it to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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Our next blog will focus on ways you can begin reducing systemic inflammation so you can free up some of your body's resources to do the deeper healing necessary! In the meantime, which of the above signs have you noticed show up most often in your life?
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