Are you suffering from stress induced inflammation?
So what Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a natural reaction by the immune system in response to infection, physical trauma or chemical exposure of body tissues. Inflammation may present itself as pain, redness, swelling and heat.
The body reacts to intruders or irritants by sending out fast acting ‘first responders’ as a protective mechanism to minimize infection or damage to tissues.
When trauma occurs, the area is flooded with these hard-working inflammatory mediators – chemicals that are naturally produced to initiate an inflammatory response. White blood cells are also deployed by the immune system to the affected area where they either destroy the invader or cordon the area off to protect the body from further infection. This unified front helps return the body to a natural state of health and well-being. As part of this inflammatory response, blood transports nutrients and oxygen to the site to aid repair, and carries toxins and cellular debris away. Without this inflammatory process, the body wouldn’t heal.
The immune system will continue to respond in this way until it has determined that the threat to health has gone, at which time it retreats but remains ‘on guard’ to further intruders. However, when this state of imbalance persists, inflammation can become chronic and the immune system will maintain its vigil with a constant state of activity. This long-term activation will eventually compromise its ability to be effective against infections and will weaken it, leading to other health problems.
Inflammation may become chronic and trigger disease.
The connection between chronic inflammation and disease is supported by research and acknowledged as a predetermining factor in many of today’s most serious health conditions. Often it is ‘silent’ inflammation that is to blame which can remain undetected for many years, causing slow and permanent damage to organs, cells and body tissues.
Tips to reduce inflammation:
Avoid foods that cause inflammation such as processed foods, hydrogenated fats, and sugars. Eat moderate amounts of raw fruits and plenty of fresh raw vegetables because they contain high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Raw fruits and vegetables contain more nutrients than cooked. In addition eat lots of good quality fats and protein.
Maintain balanced pH levels – the body’s pH is largely determined by lifestyle and diet. Research shows excessive acidity or alkalinity is linked to the development of inflammation and disease. Balance can be achieved through an 80/20 diet of alkaline vs acid forming foods. Lifestyle factors such as stress, lack of sleep and negative emotions can increase acidity.
Drink plenty of filtered water - water is involved in the movement of nutrients, oxygen, and electrical signals to the cells and nerve tissues, as well as transporting wastes and toxins out of the body.
Avoid stress! Chronic stress causes the body to be in a perpetual state of ‘fight or flight’, heightening adrenaline and cortisol levels. This in turn increases inflammation and compromises optimal immune function.
Avoid allergens – allergens come in many forms (e.g. foods, dust, pollen, mites) and with repeated exposure, trigger the immune system and inflammation.
Strive to keep body fat down and increase lean muscle through diet and exercise. Abdominal fat releases inflammatory chemicals which contribute to the bodies’ overall inflammatory state.
Exercise has a positive effect on the immune system and the "feel-good" neurotransmitters, both of which help to keep the body alkaline, relieve stress, and improve circulation. Exercise in moderation however, as excessive exercise has it's own negative consequences.
Treat parasite, viral, and bacteria infections as they can lead to repetitive activation of the immune system and inflammation.
Avoid exposure to chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, additives, preservatives, cigarettes, chemical cleaning products, cosmetics, and radiation which are toxic to the body.