What is Inflammation?

Often, we hear of inflammation, but do we understand how to reduce it in the body and what conditions are linked to inflammation.  It is a good point that Inflammation helps you heal, but too much of it can punish your body in several ways.  Inflammation serves as a critical purpose and is an essential part of the regeneration and healing process in the body.  It is when the inflammation goes unchecked and proceeds longer than is intended that we get the destructive effects.

Chronic low-level inflammation is the underlying cause of weight gain, early development of various diseases and acceleration of the aging process.  A common inflammation related condition is type 2 diabetes.  It can also put you at risk for a dangerous immune system overreaction called a “cytokine storm”.

Inflammation has one job, to wake up the immune system and stem cells, “Hey, something is going on!” Body, we need either to activate an immune response, a healing response or both.”  The immediate inflammatory reaction helps you get well, whether you’re trying to recover from the flu or a sprained ankle.  Once you’re on the mend, an anti-inflammatory process kicks in, getting your system back to normal.

What happens in some cases is that the body does not snap back into baseline.  The body remains suspended in an inflammatory state and predisposes the system to even higher levels of longer-term chronic inflammation.  The immune system stays fired up when it should be winding down.  It is the overreaction of the immune system which is really the biggest concern for health.

The best offence is a strong defence.  Healthy living makes all the difference, no smoking, drinking in moderation, eating whole rather than processed foods and big emphasis on plant foods like nuts, seeds, and vegetables.  Don’t skimp on sleep ( at least 7 hours) and stress  reduction, such as practicing your breathing and exercise.  The simple act of counting your breaths is the easiest way to calm, it lets you hack your nervous system and bring it into a parasympathetic, calmer state.

Breathe in for 5 counts and hold for 6 and exhale for 7 this is simple and works for longevity!

Have questions, just ask me, info@mindhealthconnect.ca

Ref: Special Health Edition magazine May 2022

September 4, 2023
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