Inflammation is a massive topic at the moment. Inflammation of our gut, our cells and mostly of our immune system. In fact, inflammation of our immune system can wreak some major havoc on our body... big time!
First off, inflammation in the body is a natural and also very normal process. On a daily basis we can see inflammation occurring in so many ways. For example, if you cut your finger, stub your toe, have an allergic reaction etc. we can see redness, swelling, puffiness. You know the drill right? What I'm talking about today though is chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is different. This can have a major impact on the body and your overall health. Think of chronic inflammation like a fire that you just can't put out.
If you suffer with some or all of these symptoms there is a good chance you are suffering from chronic inflammation. Realistically most of us do due to our lifestyles and just general way of life nowadays. I would say though, the more symptoms that you have, the more you need to treat it.
Are you poorly a lot? Do you get a lot of colds? Sickness? Coughs?
When you wake up you're still feeling shattered. You plough through the day using coffee and sugar to keep you going and then by the evening your ready to collapse.
Constantly bloated, gassy, constipated, diarrhoea? Do you have weight around your stomach that will just not shift (even though you're always exercising in the gym?)
Eczema, psoriasis, acne, dull and flaky skin, rosacea, uneven skin tone? These can all be signals that your body is not happy
In the Summer, Winter, dust, hay-fever, cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, etc etc. You could always be blaming something that's making you have an allergic reaction... maybe it's just because your body is on high alert!
Do you wake up with your eyes like slits in the morning? Does your face look puffy? Joints swollen? Fingers inflamed?
ACHY JOINTS & MUSCLES
Ok, so if you're a bit of a gym bunny and you've been lifting copious amounts of weights this will not help. I'm not talking about that bitching and moaning about your PT in your head after a gruelling session. I'm talking when your body just aches, almost hurts each morning when you get out of bed and throughout the day.
FOREVER STRESSED, ANXIOUS & ON HIGH ALERT
Inflammation might not be the cause of your stress, but your stress could be the cause of your inflammation. A bit like the chicken and the egg. Is it your stress that's causing the inflammation or the inflammation giving you a foggy head?
Yes it could be a lack of water (which leads to inflammation too) but are you always struggling with a headache? Regular migraines?
POOR DIET & LIFESTYLE CHOICES
Again, this obviously is not necessarily the cause of your inflammation, instead the other way around.
So this is a pretty long list and there are even more detailed symptoms as well. If you're struggling with any of these symptoms I would highly recommend that you look into more of an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle. Once you get this right you will be able to spring out of bed in the morning, lose the weight you've always wanted to and feel like a lean, clean and a fabulous fighting machine!
Watch this space for more posts about ways to fight inflammation and create a healthy lifestyle to live by.
Thanks so much for reading,