Nearly every chronic disease is linked to this one thing

Not enough people are talking about this but nearly every chronic disease in the world today can be linked back to this same thing - chronic Inflammation 🔥

3 out of 5 people worldwide die because of chronic inflammatory diseases, and the World Health Organization ranks these diseases as the greatest threat to human health. 

Chronic inflammation is at play in:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Weight gain
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Eczema
  • IBD (Crohn’s & Colitis)
  • Depression

The list goes on….

But here’s what you really need to know. 

Chronic inflammation can be subtle as it gradually builds up over time. Even in the absence of a chronic disease, inflammation can contribute to:

  • Fatigue
  • Achiness
  • Sleep Problems
  • Anxiety
  • Weight Gain
  • Weight Loss
  • Digestive Issues

Or other vague and confusing health issues. 

This is going to be controversial but…chronic inflammation is not a “root cause” of disease. 

We can document evidence of chronic inflammation on blood tests, but that doesn’t mean we know the cause. Why is the inflammation there in the first place? What’s causing IT? 

It takes detective work to answer this question for any given person—and that is precisely my job. 

To give you an idea, here’s a partial list of some of the possible causes of chronic inflammation: 

1️.  Infections

Many infections can evade the immune system and persist in the body over time—including bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. 

2️. Toxins

Exposure to low levels of toxins or irritants over time can aggravate the immune system and cause inflammation.

3️. Diet

Diets high in refined sugar or trans fats are associated with a higher production of inflammatory molecules.

4️. Low Sex Hormones

Maintaining levels of hormones like estrogen and testosterone can reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases.

5️. Poor Gut Health

Inflammation in the digestive tract can compromise the integrity of the gut lining, allow passage of toxins or other molecules into circulation, and trigger systemic inflammation.  

6️. Obesity

Visceral fat tissue (the type that builds up in the abdomen) acts like an endocrine organ, releasing inflammatory compounds.

Don’t settle for being told that chronic inflammation is the cause of your symptoms. There is always something beneath it.  Uncovering the root cause of chronic inflammation is a highly individualized process and best done with a qualified functional and lifestyle medicine practitioner. 

Did you know you can influence inflammation through your lifestyle?

With inflammation contributing to most chronic illness AND many vague and bizarre symptoms, following an anti-inflammatory lifestyle is basic preventive medicine. 

Here are some ideas:

  • Healthy fats (like nuts, seeds, olive oil, and avocados) reduce inflammation while hydrogenated oils promote it.
  • Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and polyphenols that protect against inflammation whereas refined sugar does the opposite.
  • Exercise lowers inflammatory molecules even in the absence of weight loss.
  • Sleeping at least 7-8 hours a night produces growth hormones and testosterone to modulate inflammation.
  • Yoga or meditation help relieve stress and make the body better able to regulate the inflammatory response.

Also, inflammation is not entirely evil. We need our bodies to mount an inflammatory response to fight off infections or heal from injuries, but we don’t want to be stuck in a never-ending inflammatory cycle.

That’s when we start to consider lifestyle changes and supplements to support a healthy inflammatory response. 

Here are 3 of my favorites:

  • Curcumin - Curcumin is what gives the Indian spice turmeric its bright yellow color. Choose a product that has been formulated for optimal absorption.
  • Quercetin - Quercetin is a flavonoid in apple skins, onions, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables. It acts at the cellular level to support a healthy inflammatory response.
  •  Omega-3s - Omega-3s are essential fatty acids found in fish oils, nuts, and seeds. They act as precursors to molecules that participate directly in anti-inflammatory pathways. 

The supplements I recommend for any given person depend on their unique situation, lab tests, and goals. It’s always best to work with a practitioner!  If you’re interested in speaking with one of our practitioners, schedule your discovery call here.

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