March is Pain and Inflammation Month
Inflammation is a nasty problem to have and it is something that can rob us from the things that we would like to do and enJOY in life. Keeping inflammation in check is always a good idea when it comes to Health and Wellness.
Let’s Take a Look at Inflammation
Acute or short-term inflammation is a normal immune response triggered by factors such as tissue injury or pathogens. Long-term, chronic inflammation, however, is associated with pain and chronic conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.
Chronic inflammation may result from infections, accumulation of environmental toxins, obesity, stress, sleep disorders, and excessive intake of certain dietary factors (e.g., saturated fats, trans fats, refined sugar). Addressing these lifestyle factors and incorporating certain dietary supplements and foods can help manage pain and inflammation.
Diet plays an important role in inflammation. Eating more anti-inflammatory foods can be hugely helpful.
Foods that contribute to inflammation should be avoided as much as possible. These include too much protein, refined carbohydrates, processed foods, white sugar, soda pop, and any so called ‘food’ that does not come from a natural source or Mother Earth. Less of 🍩 these kinds of foods. Think of foods that come in a box. It is always a better choice to choose your foods that come from as close to nature’s source as possible. Another way to think of this, is to work the outside isle of the grocery store where the fruits and vegetables are . 🙂
So avoid the inflammatory foods and choose more non-inflammatory foods that help to lessen the burden on the body that adds to inflammation, and choose foods that also have the benefit of lowering the toxic levels in the body and that do not ‘feed’ the pathogens.
Keeping this post simple, I would advise eating more plant based, lowering your proteins and fats that come from animal sources, avoiding refined sugar and instead using natural sources such as raw honey and maple syrup, and focusing on the natural foods or whole foods.
Supplements to Help
When it comes to supplements there are several that are super helpful when it comes to inflammation. If you would ever like any guidance as to best choices for you, I would be more than happy to help. Just shoot me a message and we can make a plan to have a conversation. I love to help.
Oh and I also want to mention that heavy metals play a role in increasing the toxic load in the body and brain and are contributing factors to inflammation as well. These buggers are nasty and they are playing a bigger and bigger role in our health challenges every day. This is something to keep in mind. I often recommend to my clients a hair mineral analysis test to determine the presence of heavy metals.
Hair analysis also helps us to see what nutrient deficiencies are present as well…. and often these imbalances of nutrients are because of the heavy metals and displacement of such things as minerals in the body. So many clues! 🙂
Anyhow, I will wrap this post up for today. I try to keep my blog posts simple and not so overwhelming. We deal with way too much information these days and it can be overwhelming which is not conducive to our health and well-being.
And don’t forget any questions, please ask. Have an amazing day everyone!