How would you describe the word ‘inflammation’? We’ve heard of it, have had our health threatened as a result of it, and think we’re supposed to have none of it. I like to explain inflammation to my clients like this
Inflammation is like having a level of white noise throughout the body. The louder the noise, the higher inflammation is and the higher the risk for long-term problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and more. The list of problems is long, and with it, so are inflammation’s symptoms—brain fog, constant hunger, blood sugar irregularities, sleep disturbance, hormone imbalances, weight gain, and joint pain, to name a few.
What’s important to know is that there are two types of inflammation, acute (shorter term, immediate) and chronic (longer duration, lingering):
Acute inflammation: we WANT this! It’s the body’s response to sudden insults, such as cutting your finger. To heal the cut, inflammatory cells are sent to the injury to start the healing process… pretty cool.
The second type isn’t as interesting…
Chronic inflammation: we want to MINIMIZE this! The body sends inflammatory cells even when there is no outside danger. This type of inflammation is damaging and can contribute to, for example, diabetes or rising blood sugar by causing the narrowing of arteries and vessels (aka the pathways needed to stay healthy).
There are many ways you can reduce and even reverse chronic inflammation (the kind we want to minimize)! Starting by cutting back on processed foods, exercising, and adding more anti-inflammatory foods to your diet (vegetables, nuts, wild-caught salmon) will make a difference for the better.
I can help increase your confidence in achieving your health goals by getting to the root cause of your symptoms.