If you want more energy, clearer thinking, better sleep, and to feel better in general, it's time to take a serious look at why you don't have these things. It's not normal to have a foggy brain, no energy to enjoy the things in life you want, and restless & sleepless nights. There is something that all of these things have in common: Inflammation!
The body has a very powerful and unique way of creating “inflammation” in response to any kind of virus (think common cold, for example); or a toxic exposure to something; or even in response to too much stress. It’s the body’s way of cranking up the immune system to take care of it.
Inflammatory diseases happen when the inflammation that was created to combat a specific thing (like the common cold, or chronic stress, or exposure to harmful chemicals) continues on long after it’s intended purpose.
Lots of things can contribute to an inflammatory overload; such as:
- Lifestyle (poor diet, as well as smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc.)
- Pollutants we are exposed to every day (you’ll find many of these hidden in household products)
- Chronic Stress
According to an article by the University of Queensland in Australia in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, the following list of disease processes are linked to chronic inflammation:
- Fatty liver disease
Fatty liver disease can be caused by poor diet, which can set off an inflammatory response. Unchecked, this response can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver failure, and can ultimately result in death.
Tissue similar to the uterus lining grows in other parts of the body, such as the abdominal cavity, where the resulting inflammation can cause excruciating pain. The disease can be better managed by addressing pro-inflammatory factors.
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Low-grade inflammation is common in type 2 diabetes sufferers, but we are only beginning to understand the role inflammation may play in the development of the disease.
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
The immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue and blurred vision.
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Umbrella term for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The immune system attacks the gut lining causing diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and weight loss.
Inflammation causes the lining of the airways to swell, narrowing them and making breathing difficult. It also causes the airways to produce more mucus and makes them more sensitive to asthma triggers.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
A painful condition associated with inflammation in the joints. In advanced cases, it can cause damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin, eyes and other tissues.
With obesity, there is an over-accumulation of fatty tissue, which produces and releases a variety of inflammatory messengers, making obesity an underlying condition for many inflammatory and metabolic diseases.
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
Over the past decade, inflammation due to a sustained immune response in the brain has been linked to these two progressive neurodegenerative disorders.
Inflammation caused by chronic infection, inflammatory diseases or environmental factors plays a multi-faceted role in certain cancers, as a primary cause and by helping tumors grow and spread.
The good news is, there are things we can do to calm the inflammation in our bodies and help the body get back to a state of wellness. The easiest thing you can do is to start reading labels and eliminating products you use in your home every day that have harsh chemicals in them, as they are known to cause an inflammatory response in the body when the irritation from that exposure sets the body’s protection mechanism in motion.
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