Should we be worried about chronic Inflammation?

Updated: May 21


We know that acute inflammation is the body’s way of healing itself from injury or trauma.

The usual signs are heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function that occur at the site of the injury e.g. from a fall or a sprain


Chronic inflammation on the other hand isn’t always as noticeable. From swollen lymph nodes to joint pain or even frequent urine infections, reflux or migraines the list goes on…

Inflammation can be felt in any part of the body but as it is so gradual and doesn’t seem to be so painful, we ignore it!

But should we be ignoring it?

Many medical practitioners today are of the opinion that inflammation is the root cause of most chronic diseases.


Chronic inflammation may show up in the body as one or more of the following:

  • Belly fat

  • Weight gain

  • Chronic pain

  • Accelerated aging

  • Hormonal problems, especially insulin resistance

  • Auto immune diseases

  • Allergies

  • Chronic pain conditions

  • Digestive problems: IBS, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, etc

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Neurodegenerative diseases



So What Causes Inflammation?

There are a number of dietary and lifestyle choices that can cause inflammation

One of the primary ways we create inflammation through our lifestyle is stress.


Diet is another main contributor of inflammation. Foods can either cause inflammation or help heal inflammation.


Foods that generally cause inflammation include:

  • Sugar – including fructose

  • Artificial sweeteners

  • Processed foods of all kinds

  • Fried foods

  • Wheat+ gluten

  • Dairy

  • Too much meat

  • Refined, high omega 6 oils

  • Trans fats

  • Excessive alcohol

  • Coffee

  • Food allergies, histamine intolerance, lectin sensitivity, oxalate intolerance… etc)


Nutritional deficiencies imbalances, as inadequate intake of vitamins and minerals may also create the inflammatory state.


Another scenario is when otherwise healthy foods can become inflammatory, because your immune system has become overactive and is now out of balance.


To rebalance the immune system, it’s important to address the guts microbiome.

Restoring your microbiome may help balance your hormones, and lower your inflammation.

Lack of sleep has also been shown in research to raise levels of inflammatory markers in the body.

Toxicity from environmental and lifestyle factors can also raise your body’s inflammation. The body sees these foreign substances as poisons and sets off an immune response, raising inflammation.


What can you do about it?


Once you know that your inflammation is caused by something you can change yourself, it becomes a game changer:


Lower your toxic load by eliminating personal care products. Detox your home and find healthy replacements.


get rid of inflammatory foods and add in more whole foods.


Reduce your stress levels

Some good ways to reduce stress-induced inflammation include:



Self-care- I love Aromatherapy

Meditation

Yoga

Journaling

Sleep – Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for lowering your stress and inflammation levels and getting you back on the path to healing.




Try to incorporate fresh herbs and spices into your diet whenever you can. Not only will your food taste spectacular, but your body will thank you, too.

Certain herbs and spices can also help lower inflammation, such as rosemary, oregano, thyme, chamomile, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, black pepper, and turmeric.


Seeking Help Naturally :


The short term solution for many is to take pain killers, anti -histamines or any other medicine. But if the problem keeps reoccurring, seeking the long term solution with your chosen therapist to detox and regain balance while gradually making lifestyle changes is really worth considering.

Including in your diet useful foods plus adding in that targeted use of supplementation may be enough to see the changes you are seeking.


Homeopathy and Homeoherbals



Working with homeopathy and homeoherbals can bring about the natural shifts you are seeking while helping increase your energy levels and reducing inflammation. We use Homeopathy and homeoherbals to gently detox and balance specific organs while seeking to get to the cause of the inflammation.

www.annakatamahomeopathy.co.uk



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