Inflammation is a natural biological response of the body to injury or infection. It is the process by which the body's immune system recognizes and responds to damaged or infected tissues, and it is a necessary step in the healing process.
When an injury or infection occurs, immune cells release chemicals called cytokines, which trigger a series of events that cause blood vessels to dilate and become more permeable causing redness and swelling. This allows immune cells and other substances to enter the affected area more easily, where they can help to fight infection, remove damaged tissue, and promote healing.
While acute inflammation is an important part of the body's healing process, chronic inflammation can be harmful and contribute to the development of many diseases, including arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. Chronic inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors, including ongoing infections, autoimmune disorders(the catch all bucket for all the “i don't knows”), exposure to environmental toxins and a poor diet filled with chemical toxins and few nutrients.
Here are a few ways to help minimize your overall inflammation exposure.
Maintaining a healthy diet: Eating a balanced diet that is rich in nutrient dense vegetables, Healthy fats(saturated and monounsaturated fat…),drink high quality H2O, lean proteins and natural sugars can help to reduce inflammation by providing the body with all essential nutrients and antioxidants that help to protect cells from damage.
Exercising regularly: Functional exercise can help to reduce inflammation by improving circulation, boosting immune function, and reducing physical and emotional stress levels.
Getting enough sleep: Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to increased inflammation, so it is important to get enough sleep each night as this is when the body and central nervous system go into cleaning and storage mode.
Avoiding exposure to environmental toxins: Exposure to pollutants, chemicals, and other environmental toxins can contribute to inflammation, so it is important to avoid or minimize the exposure whenever possible.
Managing stress: Chronic stress can increase inflammation, so finding ways to manage stress, such as meditation, massage, or deep breathing exercises, can be helpful in reducing inflammation.
Earthing:Earthing, also known as grounding, is a practice that involves connecting the body to the earth's electrical energy by walking barefoot on grass, sand, or soil, or by using special grounding devices that are connected to the earth. Earthing is thought to work by allowing the body to absorb negatively charged electrons from the earth's surface, which neutralize the positively charged free radicals in the body. We are electrical beings and our internal environment works best near a net zero charge. This may help to reduce inflammation and improve immune function, as well as improve sleep and reduce stress levels.
Sun exposure: Exposing your skin and eyes to the morning sun at dawn can jump-start your body's natural circadian rhythm. This triggers a cascade of biological responses that sequence the release of chemicals, helping to awaken your body. Similarly, exposing your skin and eyes to the setting sun can help prepare your body for better sleep by triggering a similar cascade of responses.