It’s frustrating when you aren’t feeling your best but can’t seem to figure out why. You cut back, cut out, and cut off all of the unhealthy things in your life you can think of but you’re still not 100%. There is one thing that almost every health issue has in common that you might have missed - inflammation.
Inflammation is the body's natural response to foreign invaders and different types of stress. You can be inflamed in one area of your body, or you can have chronic inflammation that affects your entire body. Let’s get one thing straight - acute inflammation is a good thing. It keeps us safe from all sorts of bacteria and viruses that enter our bodies. What isn’t good is when inflammation is an ongoing issue, known as chronic inflammation, because the immune response should go away in a healthy individual once the body is “safe” again. Our lifestyles, what we consume, and our stress level, however, can impact our health by causing our bodies to remain in an inflamed state even when there is no immediate danger our bodies are facing.
It can be hard to tell if you do have inflammation because it doesn’t always present itself with the same symptoms or in the same areas of your body. There are some signs that are more well-known such as arthritis and pain in the body (joints, muscles, etc). That's why we are sharing with you 5 common signs of inflammation that you may have not known.
Acne is a result of inflammation within the skin. The type of acne that results from inflammation is typically deep cysts that are red in color and painful to the touch. (1)
2: Poor Sleep
Your sleep cycles and inflammation are controlled by the same hormonal systems. When you have chronic inflammation it can interfere with getting quality sleep - and in turn, the lack of sleep can cause inflammation to increase. (2)
3: Digestive Problems
The gut is a sensitive part of your body, and inflammation can really impair its ability to function optimally. If you are bloated often or experience abdominal pain after eating you may be eating foods that are inflaming your gut! (3)
Allergies are one of the most common results of inflammation because allergic reactions are the foundation of the immune system that triggers inflammation. If you have severe allergies, however, then your lifestyle might be causing higher than normal levels of inflammation which are contributing to your allergy symptoms. (4)
5: Weight Gain
As mentioned before, inflammation can interrupt the normal processes of your hormones. One of the hormones that it can affect is leptin, which signals to your brain that you are hungry. Inflammation can cause this hormone to be released more frequently than is actually necessary - causing people to eat more and gain weight over time. (5)
Inflammation is a very normal issue that we all face from time to time, but it is important to know if your chronic health issues are due to lasting inflammation in the body. If you are struggling with chronic inflammation then take time to analyze your lifestyle and see what you might need to change. Diet is one of the most effective ways to not only treat but also prevent inflammation in the body. Eating foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can bring you relief from the symptoms tied to your inflammation.
Our blends contain turmeric - an ancient healing spice with powerful anti-inflammatory powers. We recommend having 1 tsp of turmeric daily over a long period of time. This allows the body to build up enough of the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, to have optimal effects on the body. You can shop our blends here and find the perfect combination of superfoods to help you fight inflammation!