What is inflammation?
Inflammation is the body’s attempt at healing itself. It’s the body’s internal response to injury. Inflammation helps repair damaged body tissue.
Isn’t this a good thing?
Yes! Without inflammation, we would never heal from a simple cut or a more severe injury. This healing process is meant to take a relativity short amount of time, however. Inflammation is a problem when it becomes chronic; another classic example of the case where too much of a good thing is no long a good thing.
If inflammation is the body’s attempt at healing, then doesn’t chronic inflammation indicate an on-going injury?
Yes! You got it. Chronic inflammation is a result of a continuous burden on or injury to the body. If that inflammation is happening internally all the time, then there’s only one possible cause of the damage; ourselves.
Are you telling me we are injuring ourselves?
Well, in large part yes, whether we know it or not. Most of the chronic inflammation we are dealing with in America is actually triggered by our diet. Many of the foods we eat promote inflammation in the body, including sugar, refined grains like bread and pasta, and omega 6-fats found in conventional (grain-fed) animal products. When we eat too many of these foods, the body over-produces inflammatory compounds. These compounds can lead to all sorts of chronic conditions, from arthritis to Crohn’s disease, to depression, and so on. It is critical that we consume anti-inflammatory foods to help balance out these compounds, like blueberries, ginger, flax seeds, salmon, and even green tea.
Changing our diet is a choice, but it isn’t easy. To help support you in making these positive changes, I’m hosting a 5-week Anti-Inflammatory Diet Program at Back in Touch Wellness Center. This class will give you meal plans and recipes to follow as well as some great ways to reduce daily stress (emotional stress can also induce inflammation). The group-setting provides accountability and support as well. I’ve included a one-on-one coaching session with you and me too so you can get some personalized feedback recommendations.
Healing starts from the inside out, and we must provide the body with the right building blocks to heal. It all starts with food. Join us, and start feeling your best! Click the button below to learn more and to register.