When I was first diagnosed with food sensitivity, I had no idea that inflammation had something to do with it. I had no idea why I got it, how I got it or what could have possibly brought this on so late in life.
I knew that aches, pains, swelling and redness had something to do with inflammation, or if I were to be sick and I had a fever I knew my body was fighting something, but that was about it.
Inflammation is actually a natural response from our immune system to fight invaders in our body. I like to call it “good cops”, which represent the white blood cells.
A foreign substance is invading our bodies such as a virus, a bee sting or dirt from a cut or scrape. Our “good cops”- White blood cells come and fight it. That’s inflammation at its best and natural state.
Sometimes inflammation can get a little bit out of hand and with that food sensitives, allergies, asthma, arthritis or similar things such as these can present themselves.
When our immune system gets even more out of hand, more severe chronic inflammatory illnesses can occur such as Diabetes, Obesity, Heart disease….
When our bodies are having to go through such dramatic conditions, inflammation is pretty much out of control.
Before I tell you some of the things that can cause inflammation, let me just mention that we are all different and therefore react differently to different things and foods. Just because one thing may affect one person does not mean it will affect every other person the same way.
So let’s get started with a few things that can cause inflammation:
- Poor diet (mostly consisting of sugars, White flours, processed foods, bad fats such as trans fats)
- Lack of exercise
What can we do about it?
- First we have to change our diet from a poor diet to a healthy wholefoods diet, that includes lots of vegetables and fruits (high in polyphenols, the darker the vegetable the better), no added sugars, no gluten, healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, nuts and Omega3 Fatty acids from Salmon, Mackerel, sardines…
- Add in daily exercise, something simple like walking your dog for 20 min would be considered exercise.
- Eliminate toxins from your home such as plastics & harsh cleaning products. I use a lot of reusable glass jars and bottles that I can refill as well as my metal water bottles and containers. For cleaning products, I use environmentally friendly products such as Thieves cleaners (from Young Living Essential Oils) as well as Seventh generation or Meyers. My hygiene products are mostly made by Young Living. Even my Make-up. I still have more to replace but this has been a good start.
- Go see your doctor for probiotic supplements, these can also help you with your inflammation. I always recommend Natural path doctors or Functional medicine doctor’s; they will be able to tell you what kinds of probiotics would work well for you.
So, these are a few things you can do, I hope you are not too overwhelmed. I know it can be a lot.
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