Anti-inflammatory Diet Guide Get To The ROOT Of Your Inflammation
Inflammation- the ROOT cause of your dis-ease
Inflammation is the primary cause of the majority of dis-eases prevalent today. Anything from joint pain to skin issues, weight gain and even more serious chronic diseases such as ADHD and Rheumatoid Arthritis can be linked to increased inflammation in the body. (1) (2) But what is inflammation and how does one decrease it in order to prevent it from having negative effects on the body?
There are various ways increased inflammation can enter the body; one of the most common ways, believe it or not, is through our food. Below you'll find an anti-inflammatory diet guide to help you make the best choices when it comes to reducing inflammation, which in the end will aid in your overall health.
What is inflammation?
In order to understand why we want to avoid access inflammation, it's important to understand what inflammation is.
When regulated, inflammation is actually a good thing. In fact, inflammation is a necessary part of our body's natural healing process. For example, when your body is injured, the area becomes bruised, red or swollen, this is inflammation.
At the site of injury, the body's natural defense system sends white blood cells to the area and this works to repair damaged tissue and protects the body from infection. (3)
There are two types of inflammation.
The first as discussed above is localized, which is important for healing acute injury and the second is cellular inflammation. Cellular inflammation is when the cells themselves become inflamed. This type of inflammation occurs below the pain threshold, which is why when it comes to diagnosis, it is often overlooked.
Cellular inflammation can cause a host of different problems throughout the body. One of the major issues is that it disrupts the signaling and hormonal patterns across cell synapses which in turn, prevent the body from functioning optimally.
Cellular inflammation can take place in various cells throughout the body. It can be stored in fat cells leading to increased weight gain or brain cells which can lead to various neurological disorders such as M.S., ADHD or Alzheimers. (1)
Inflammation affects everyone differently
Due to bio-individuality (a topic I've discussed in depth in another blog), inflammation affects people in a variety of different ways.
For some, it can show up as skin problems such as rosacea, dermatitis, or acne. For others, it can be weight gain, sinus issues, allergies, brain fog and even anxiety and irritability.
Inflammation is our body's way of communicating that something is out of balance.
What Causes Inflammation?
In the world of nutrition, when addressing a person's symptoms, we often refer to something called total load.
Total load is the total amount of stressors your body can handle before it says “enough is enough.” This is generally when the scales tip out of balance; this could manifest as a cold, an injury, a condition or disease.
Total load takes into account environmental stressors; toxins and pollutants that are in our air, water, products, and food. As well as mental and emotional stressors; stressors that come from our relationships, jobs, and family life.
Every person's total load will vary dependant on where they are at in their life mentally, physically and emotionally.
How to prevent inflammation
As inflammation can be caused by a number of different factors, it's important to take into account a holistic approach when finding a solution. Cleaning up your diet is a great place to start, yet if you live in a toxic environment physically or even are dealing with a lot of emotional toxicity and stress, this can be an underlying factor to why you may not be getting relief from your body's symptoms.
A Holistic Approach
Mind– You may not always be able to control that what is surrounding you, but you do have a choice on that which lies within you. Ever notice how your mind can often be your best friend or your worst enemy? Your thoughts carry energy and that energy permeates both your internal and external life. Thoughts can be inflammatory. Next time you are in a space where you are unhappy, a good practice is to take a moment to step back and notice the story being told in your mind. It comes in handy to use breathing and meditation techniques like the ones listed here to help center and ground you. By becoming aware of what is currently happening within us, we can begin to change the energy we feel inside. This then has a drastic effect on how we are affected and influenced by the external.
Body– There are many things we can do to calm inflammation on the physical level. One of the most important is starting with the fuel we put into our body. Begin by eliminating foods that create inflammation in the body and increase foods that reduce inflammation. This is key to helping our body maintain balance. Some foods that increase inflammation are; processed vegetable oils (corn, soy, safflower, canola, etc), processed sugar, conventional meat, refined foods (packaged processed), artificial flavors, preservatives and chemical ingredients added to foods, GMO's. The top 5 inflammatory foods are gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and eggs.
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Spirit– Spirit has different meanings to different people. In this context, spirit simply means your connection to SELF. Taking time to really spend quality time with yourself, away from the distraction of the life that surrounds. Spending time in moments of reflection, implementing self-care routines and truly giving back to yourself similar to the way you would give to a lover. Self-care can be anything from taking a yoga class, getting a massage, cooking a nice meal for yourself, visiting nature, journaling or anything else that brings you joy and a deeper sense of connection to who you are and what makes you feel alive. Some of my favorite ways to self-care can be found here and here.
At the end of the day…
Inflammation Is At The Root Cause Of Your Body's Symptoms
Inflammation affects everyone differently depending upon your body type and your own unique bio-individuality. Whatever it is your body may be expressing, 9 times out of 10 by addressing the inflammation you begin to address the ROOT of the problem. This allows you to find long term relief instead of just a short term temporary fix.
When you ignore or even worse, suppress your body's symptoms you are masking your body's way of expressing that it needs some support.
There are many things one can do to reduce inflammation and start feeling better today. By becoming aware of what you are putting into your body, reducing inflammatory foods and choosing to increase those foods that help fight inflammation you are supporting your body and enabling it to function at a more optimum level. This will not only begin to relieve the symptom you are experiencing but also aid in your body's overall performance.
If you are ready to take the next step in improving your health I invite you to read my blog on “How to Increase Your Vitality” and take the at-home test to see if you are digesting optimally!
What symptoms are you experiencing? Leave a comment below and I'll be happy to give you some tips on how to find relief today!
Love & Light,
The Gut Gal