Inflammation happens in all of us, whether you’re aware of it or not. Your immune system creates inflammation to protect the body from infection, injury, or disease. Your body needs some level of inflammation to heal from many things.

Sometimes though, with autoimmune diseases, including certain types of arthritis, Hashimotos and inflammatory bowel disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells.

Inflammation is classified into two main types:

👉🏻 Acute inflammation typically occurs for a short, usually severe duration, with symptoms appearing quickly. It often resolves in two weeks or less. This type restores your body to its state before injury or illness.

👉🏻 Chronic inflammation is a slower and a usually less severe form of inflammation, lasting longer than six weeks. It can occur even without injury, and it doesn’t always end when the illness or injury is healed. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many chronic conditions.

Chronic inflammation can cause:
🔹 Obesity
🔹 Diabetes
🔹 Cardiovascular disease
🔹 Neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
🔹 Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
🔹 Certain types of cancers, including colon cancer
🔹 Arthritis
🔹 Depression
🔹 Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic lung diseases
🔹 Allergies
🔹 Autoimmune disorders

So how do you know if you have chronic inflammation? If you have symptoms that you feel aren’t normal, see your doctor. I see a functional medicine doctor. She is helping me fight my autoimmune disease with more natural solutions. And it’s working! Through blood tests, she discovered I have inflammation and Hashimoto disease. With treating the inflammation with diet, I have been able to reduce it over time. There are also great supplements like turmeric that are proven inflammation fighters. Cinnamon and orange peel (found in Earthley’s anti-inflammation tincture) are also inflammation fighters.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET
🍒 berries and cherries, and other fruits
🐟 fatty fish, like salmon or mackerel (high omega 3 content)
🥦 broccoli and other vegetables
🥑 avocados
☕️ green and black tea
🍄 mushrooms, like portobello and shiitake
🧄 spices, like turmeric, curcumin, ginger, and clove
🍅 tomatoes
🥜 nuts
🌱mung beans
🌾 sesame oil

INFLAMMATORY FOODS TO AVOID
🌽 Sugar and high fructose corn syrup
🍩 Artificial trans fat/hydrogenated oils
🍟 Vegetable and seed oils (canola, corn, safflower, peanut, sunflower, soybean oils due to high omega 6 content)
🥖 Refined carbohydrates (breads, pasta, candy, cookies, some cereals, etc.)
🍻 Excessive alcohol
🍔 Processed meat (particularly beef and pork, though 100% grass fed beef seems to be much less of a problem)

My experience: For my autoimmune disease, I try to address with diet as much as possible. Food is medicine. I also made lifestyle changes as needed (like daily sweating, getting enough sunshine and exercise, avoid toxic products, etc.) Supplements are a beneficial next step. Then prescriptions if needed. There ARE natural pharmaceuticals! 🙌🏻🙌🏻

Many of these triggers and symptoms can be resolved within your diet or lifestyle change.

Studies show that changing your diet to a low-glycemic diet can lower your risk of heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes. Studies also suggest reducing the intake of fats, saturated fats, and trans fats.

Taking micronutrients like magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin E, zinc, & selenium are super beneficial because they have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities.

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms of inflammation?

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, so not offering medical advice. Sharing my experience and research from my own personal journey living with an autoimmune disease. Be your own advocate! I fought for myself for a couple years to find what was causing my symptoms after my doctor brushed off my chronic fatigue as a busy mom of 3. That’s not what it was! My functional medicine doctor diagnosed me and gave me my life back by helping me make lifestyle and diet changes.

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