Inflammation; a word that has become very prevalent these days. Without it- your body can’t protect itself from harm; too much of it- your body will become more susceptible to chronic illnesses. Sounds like a catch 22, huh? So which is it, good or bad for us? Well, it’s both.
Inflammation is our body’s natural response to healing itself when injuries, infections, & wounds occur. It is essential for protecting our bodies from harm and unwanted invaders. Now, that is a true superhero power! The great news is, inflammation occurs in all living things, and each and every one of us possesses this power. So, if this is the case, then why do we get sick? Why does disease occur? Why don’t our injuries heal all the time?
Unfortunately, just like anything in life, when we possess too much of one thing, it can have the reverse effect on us. It can become our nemesis. All inflammation is caused by a stimulus, and if those stimuli aren’t removed in the acute period of time, it can then become chronic. When it becomes chronic, it hinders our bodies’ natural healing process from taking place. We are then unable to heal.
There are many variables that can lead to chronic inflammation; including, but not limited to:
- Emotional Stress
- Physical Stress
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Digestive Issues
- Environmental (chemicals, synthetics, water, air)
- Insulin Levels
Thank goodness that anti-inflammatory diets, herbs, and adaptogens have become a staple in our nutrition. There are also alternative therapies such as LED Light Therapy, Infrared Saunas, Cupping, and Cryotherapy that have become more widely accepted by the mainstream. If we start integrating these things, into our daily routines, we strengthen our Inflammatory response for the greater good of our bodies. Our superhero power will become so strong, that we have the ability to ward off sickness, resist disease, or even eradicate it! This is the kind of immune response that we should all be striving towards. Making our health our top priority is the ultimate form of self-love, wouldn’t you agree?
Join me on this journey, as we talk about the different variables that can lead to chronic inflammation, and what we can do to reduce them.