I actually believe this concept does deserve mileage, and I’m not alone 1. Maybe you’ve noticed an anti-inflammatory lifestyle coming under the spotlight a lot more recently?
So what actually makes inflammation such a big deal? After all, it’s simply a natural part of the way that our bodies respond when there’s any kind of damage.
For example, let’s say if I knocked my arm and got a bit of a bruise, there’s a little war zone that’s happening underneath the skin right there. The dead cells from the impact are sitting there, and the immune system’s cells rush into this area to take away those dead cells and bring in new ones, plus to take away all the waste and bring a new supply of nutrients. Basically, this battle zone is being cleared up.
This mechanism of inflammation can occur in many different body systems for a wide array of different reasons.
When it happens on the insides of our bodies, for example in our digestive system, it’s not always so obvious. A brief inflammatory response is effective in the short term, however when it becomes a chronic, long-term reaction, then it can cause widespread damage that can affect other areas of the body that weren’t actually damaged. It can even impact our hormonal balance which can then cause the whole body to be affected.
The good news is that adjusting our lifestyle to include inflammation-reducing steps (many of which have no cost) has been linked to helping many areas of our health including the following – an improvement in the symptoms of arthritis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, lupus, systemic lupus erythematosus, and other autoimmune disorders plus it’s also been linked to a decrease in obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression and cancer.
Could it make sense to make those adjustments to our lifestyle?
I’m curious to hear if this is an area that you’re interested in…if you’d like to know more, including foods that have been linked to this anti-inflammatory effect then please do message me or simply reply to this email.
You may be surprised as it doesn’t have to be complicated!
Until I see you this week’s #AlivewithFi have a fab week 🙂
1 Inflammation, once merely considered the body’s healing response, is now the subject of close scrutiny as a key component of many diseases. Arthritis and inflammation have been linked for decades, but the inflammatory response is also taking center stage in heart disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma and Alzheimer’s disease.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)(n.d.)
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.