We can’t get away from food. We need it, we love it, we crave it. We use it for comfort, for social outings, for love. And every food choice that we make daily (the average adult makes 200 of these choices every single day!) affects our health. Poor nutrition can obviously lead to lack of energy, difficulty sleeping, obesity and inflammation, which is closely related to excess weight and this sets us up for a nasty future…
Inflammation is really a natural defense process, kind of like a survival mechanism that happens as a reaction to stress in the body. When acute, inflammation is often a short-lived response to a strain. When chronic, it’s more like a low-grade inflmmation that extends over long periods of time; this could be the result of an acute inflammation that did not get resolved or a low level irritant that remains present in the body.
The body’s immune system response of inflammation is seen in these five signs:
1. Pain – inflammatory mediators increase sensitivity to touch (pain) to help protect the area
2. Redness – with the increased blood supply to the capillaries
3. Immobility – there may be some loss of function
4. Swelling – from the increase of fluid
5. Heat – more blood in the area makes it feel warm
In the short run, inflammation is a good thing. It removes debris and helps healing.
In the long run, it can lead to chronic inflammatory diseases. And that is no good! So, what’s next?
1. Well. healthy weigh-loss goals and strategies might be the first steps in reducing the risk of chronic inflammation.
2. Second, it would be wise to be aware of what you eat and choose anti-inflammatory foods with anti-oxydants:
~plant food in their most natural state, Did you know that the more colorful the plant it,s the richer the antiocydant properties? So load up on kale, sweet potaotes, red peppers, spinach, lemons and all that good stuff
~oily fish high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, like salmon and sardines.
3. Essential Oils:
Great results have been found with the use of essential oils against inflammation, both acute and chronic.
The most mentioned beneficial oils are Frankincense, Helichrysum and Myrrh. I have had great results with Bergamot. Pain can be managed with WIntergreen applied in the painful area.