What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury, trauma, or even stress.
Acute inflammation, like the kind you get when your ankle swells after a sprain, is good. It’s a natural reaction that limits movement, increases blood flow to the affected areas, and draws helpful chemicals and molecules from the body to speed healing. In the case of open wounds or cuts, the inflammatory response can even help fight against infection!
Is Inflammation Bad?
As we said earlier, the acute inflammation you have when you break a bone or scratch your knee is helpful and even necessary. However, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. The human body doesn’t distinguish the scratch on your knee from any other kind of irritation to your body. In fact, inflammation is healing old or damaged tissue all over your body all the time; however, if you overexpose your body to damage-causing triggers, your immune system begins to think you’re getting injured every day, all day. Now inflammation becomes long-lasting and painful, often driving disease.
Damage from prolonged inflammation is the cause of most of the chronic diseases threatening health today including diabetes, thyroid issues, autoimmune disease, heart disease, and gut problems.
What Causes Inflammation?
There are many potential triggers for inflammation. The most common categories of triggers include:
- Poor nutrition
- Food sensitivities
- Excess of bad fats
- Low density and poor diversity of gut bacteria
- Poor sleep quality and lack of sleep
- Toxin overload
However, before you go out and try to address everything on this list on your own, it’s important to know that inflammation is highly individual. That is, we all need a range different nutrient levels to feel healthy and not all people with food sensitivities have the same kind let alone the same level sensitivity. It’s important to understand what your unique triggers are in order to find the root cause of your inflammation.
Using quality time discussing your unique medical history, state-of-the-art testing, and dietary optimizations, I can help you identify your root cause
Figuring Out The Root Cause
To isolate the primary cause(s) of illness and inflammation, we have to do and exhaustive search for triggers and how they might affect a patient’s health. These include studying:
- Patient lifestyle such as diet, activity and stress
- Environmental influences (toxicity)
- Circadian rhythms
- Epigenetics / Nutrigenomics
Deeper investigation into these categories may involve extensive lab work including:
- Expansive blood chemistry analysis
- Urine analysis
- Adrenal stress index
- Salivary hormone profiles
- Food sensitivity diagnostics
- Comprehensive digestive stool analysis
- Parasitology analysis