What is inflammation? To put it simply, it is the body’s response to harmful things, stimuli, if you want to get technical. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the lives we lead, all contain toxins and bacteria. Once in our system, all of this junk starts to attack our bodies at a cellular level and if we are not taking in the proper nutrition, the body cannot defend itself. When this happens the body then goes into inflammation mode because it is trying to get that junk out of its system and it wants to start the healing process. Make sense? Good. Let’s divulge further, shall we…
Inflammation falls in one of two categories, acute or chronic. Acute is the initial response of the body, it rushes plasma to the scene with hopes of helping out the injured tissue that is under attack. Now chronic inflammation is when the inflammation has been prolonged and the body then goes into a push and pull situation. It struggles to fight off the inflammation in the tissue but at the same time, it is also attacking the body. Not a good situation to be in but a situation over 1/3 of Americans find themselves in. Add to that, chronic inflammation can last for years and causes total tissue destruction
The causes of inflammation range from stress and alcohol to toxins and burns. Diseases that include inflammation are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acne, Asthma, Autoimmune Diseases and Celiac Disease, to name a few. In fact it seems as if inflammation is at the root of almost every disease Americans seem to catch like the flu. There is no specific ‘cure’ for inflammation or any of the diseases that include inflammation and if you go to the doctor chances are they will just put you on a cocktail of pills. Some for each aliment where the root is simply inflammation. Low intensity exercise has been shown to lessen the signs of inflammation whereas intense exercise such as marathon running can exasperate the symptoms.
What if one is not happy with just ‘lessening’ the signs and they want to get rid of inflammation once and for all? The answer to that lies in one’s food choices. A vegan/vegetarian/plant-based diet full of colors has been shown to greatly reduce inflammation in one’s body. Leafy greens like kale and spinach as well as fruits such as oranges and strawberries are packed with vitamins and minerals that the body needs to defend itself from inflammation. Foods such as meat, processed foods and white sugar all contribute to it.
So see, living without inflammation can be achieved quite simply. Why live with inflammation when you don’t have to? It’s a new year, time for a new pain-free you