The Burn of Inflammation

Posted on February 3, 2013 by

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Inflammation is the cornerstone of the body’s healing response.  It is the front line of defense used by the immune system bringing more immune activity and nourishment to the site of injury or infection.  Inflammation can be either acute or chronic.

Acute inflammation is a rapid response to injury or illness.  We experience warmth, swelling and PAIN to the affected area.    Chronic inflammation is like a slow burning fire continuing to stimulate pro-inflammatory immune cells when they may not be needed.  This response damages healthy tissues, disengages our defense system increasing our susceptibility to colds, flu and viruses and even causes genetic mutation that can lead to cancer or disease. Chronic inflammation is also more subtle: a nearly constant dull ache or soreness.  Many of us were taught to believe the discomfort of aches and pains are caused by aging; but this is not the case

Chronic inflammation is caused from consistent exposure to:

  • Poor diet (consisting of sugar, processed foods, refined flours, and trans or saturated fats)
  • Food intolerances
  • Stress (including emotion, thoughts and fears)
  • Lack of exercise and
  • Environmental toxins

Inflammation is present with all diseases.  The majority of research indicates that up to 90% of diseases are lifestyle (chronic inflammation) based.  These include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, obesity and multiple types of cancer to name a few.  While some researchers argue whether the inflammation causes the disease or is merely the body’s response to the disease; either way, we do have the ability to rid the inflammatory influences on our bodies.

Inflammation affects not only our body, but also moods and thought processes.  With inflammation present, our thinking becomes cloudy and we become irritated, angry, anxious or depressed.  We also tend to make ‘not so smart’ choices and use blame and excuses to justify.

It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms that you personally experience with inflammation.  Daily food journalling is a simple and highly effective way to identify food related inflammation triggers.  Working with a Genesis Transformation Coach will also help you identify specific triggers of inflammation and provide accountability to move you to a more clear and rationale thought pattern.  Learning to eat whole foods, resting, eliminating stress through meditation and exercise will all help remove inflammation from the body; therefore, decreasing the likelihood of developing or reversing diseases.

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