Chronic inflammation is your body’s immune response to a barrage of environmental, physical and mental invaders. These stressors could be from things like poor diet, toxic chemicals and stress. Research has shown that inflammation in your gut can be the cause of inflammation in your joints and your brain.
What are Some Causes of inflammation?
Poor dietary choices such as processed foods, factory farmed proteins, sugary drinks, trans fats and certain unhealthy saturated fats
- Gut health issues
- Food sensitivities
- Excess alcohol
- Chronic infections (bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites)
- Stress and exhaustion
- Sedentary lifestyle
What are the Results of Chronic Inflammation?
Over time, chronic inflammation wears out your immune system, leading to chronic diseases and other health issues, including cancer, asthma, autoimmune diseases, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, osteoporosis and premature aging.
Unfortunately, these challenges are often treated with drugs, which may provide temporary relief from the symptoms, but do not treat the root of the problem. In addition, these drugs (and their side effects) sometimes only add to your health problems.
How Can You Reduce Chronic Inflammation?
- Focus on gut health
- Eat a plant based diet or as close to as possible
- Identify and address food sensitivities
- Identify any chronic gut issues such as bad bacteria, viruses, yeast or parasites
- Destress, relax and rest more
- Reduce toxins in your food, home and personal care products
How Can You Find Out the Root Cause of Your Inflammation?
With the help of Genova Diagnostics you can figure out where inflammation in your gut may be coming from. They offer easy to use at home gut tests such as the Genova Lab Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis and Parasitology, which will identify parasites, abnormal bacteria, yeasts and other gastrointestinal issues. The Intestinal Permeability Test will help you determine if you have Leaky Gut.
Testing gives you invaluable information to help you create a game plan that targets the root of inflammation.