5 Signs You Have Inflammation In Your Body
Most often associated with swollen and painful body parts, inflammation is usually a sign of a greater chaos going on in one or more of your body systems.
Despite the inconvenience, this common discomfort is actually an important defence mechanism of the immune system against:
- Damaged cells
The inflammatory response and associated symptoms are in fact an important first stage of the healing process, however, when the underlying cause has not been addressed chronic inflammation can take hold and manifest in a number of different ways.
The traditional names for the 5 general signs of inflammation come from Latin:
- Dolor (pain)
- Calor (heat)
- Rubor (redness)
- Tumor (swelling)
- Functio laesa (loss of function)
Although these symptoms are easily recognised externally, signs of chronic internal inflammation may not be so obvious. However, there are five common indications that you may be suffering from inflammation at a deeper, more systemic level…
1. Puffy Face Or Bags Under Eyes
If your face is puffed up, reddish and or you have swollen glands under your jaw, this could be a sign that you have internal inflammation.
Additionally, constantly struggling with watery or puffy eyes and you can’t pinpoint any other cause, this may also be an indication of an overactive inflammatory response.
2. Skin Irritations
Itchy skin, redness, rashes, blotchiness and chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne can be an external expression of internal inflammation.
3. Digestive Problems
Consuming inflammation provoking foods wrecks havoc on the gut causing not just inflammatory responses but also manifest as issues like:
- Acid Reflux
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) & Leaky Gut
- Liver Disease
Some of the worst offending foods and substances in terms of fuelling inflammation in the body include:
- Processed sugar
- Refined grains & wheat products
- Foods fried in hydrogenated oils or other “bad fats”
- Chemically-laden supermarket foods
4. Fluid or Soreness In Joints Or Muscles
Constant aches and joint pain are a telltale sign that your body is inflamed. This is a result of immune and fat cells producing inflammatory chemicals called cytokines which can heighten your sensitivity to pain and stiffness.
Unexplained weight gain, and especially the accumulation of fat around the abdomen “spare tyre” is often also a sign of inflammation and the more fat your body stores the more inflammatory chemicals get produced, creating a vicious cycle.
The traditional view on fat cells was that they solely were tasked with storing excess calories or energy as a result of overeating and to insulate the body against cold.
However, recent research has indicated that they also serve additional purposes including producing many of the same chemicals as your immune cells do to help with dealing with infections and other threats to the body. Additionally, these same chemicals also tend to promote insulin resistance which can lead to additional problems such as an unhealthy blood sugar balance and type II diabetes.
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In addition to the above primary symptoms which are indicative of chronic inflammation, the following may also be signs that your body manifests:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Erectile dysfunction
- Chest & abdominal pains
How To Get Rid Of Chronic Inflammation
As mentioned, there can be many factors influencing inflammation in the body, but if you’re suffering from chronic inflammation chances are that diet and lifestyle play a huge role.
The first thing you want to look at is your choice of foods that you eat on a regular basis. Start by ditching the highly-inflammatory “lifeless” and processed foods listed above and instead eat a variety of “living” plant-based whole foods.
By doing this your digestive system can do the job that it’s designed for which is to assimilate and absorb nutrients that it recognises as natural instead of responding with an inflammatory protective response to foreign health-threatening substances.
It’s also highly beneficial to detoxify and cleanse your gut to clear out the accumulation of digestive “plaque” and toxins in your body which fuel inflammation. A great place to start is with our Natural 4-Day Colon Cleanse protocol.
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In addition to cleaning up your diet and detoxifying your body, it’s also wise to integrate more exercise into your schedule and reduce stress and cortisol levels with activities such as meditation, yoga, tai chi and chi qong.
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