The link between your immune system and inflammation

Fundamentally, inflammation is actually the way our bodies naturally react when being “under attack”. Inflammation is how we protect ourselves. It is how our bodies react to “foreigners”. Take T lymphocytes as an example. They are cytotoxic killer cells that eliminate “foreigners” from your body. They are kind of like your body’s very own team of Navy Seals. Here’s the thing though. T lymphocytes create a ton of inflammation. Don’t get me wrong, your body needs inflammation to fight off the bad guys, but that inflammation is temporary. TEMPORARY is the key word here. Your body’s immune system is supposed to be able “turn on” and “turn off”. Things start going downhill when inflammation loses its ability to “turn off”. This is called CHRONIC inflammation.

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Both chronic and acute inflammation impact the body’s cells, not solely in the gut. Chronic inflammation may result in chronic muscle pain (fibromyalgia) or chronic joint pain (rheumatoid arthritis). Acute inflammation, on the other hand, may result in bouts of brain fog, fatigue or bloating. Failure to reduce acute inflammation can lead to more chronic conditions.

Hold up. What really triggers inflammation in your body? What creates dysbiosis in the gut? There is one, simple answer: FOOD.

Be aware that food is most certainly not the only agent responsible for temporary or chronic inflammation but it is, most certainly, the easiest one to gain control over. Let’s say that overall stress and anxiety, for example, are two other big players that trigger inflammation but they also take more time and effort to gain control over in order to reduce or even eradicate, the harmful consequences and side effects of inflammation. Depending on who you are and your bio-individuality, certain foods trigger the release of inflammatory molecules and antibodies in your body. These “trigger foods” are due to either the food allergies or the food sensitivities that one has. Food is, in many cases, the root cause of chronic inflammation. This is why eating foods that keep YOUR immune system and gut in check, is a great place to start.

“Acute inflammation, on the other hand, may result in bouts of brain fog, fatigue or bloating.”

HOW TO HEAL IT?

Now, it’s one thing to identify the source, but it’s another to find your solution; just how can you get rid of inflammation? There are many answers to this question.

1. Cutting out inflammatory foods is a MUST.

Sugar

Over the past decade, we have learned just how harmful refined sugar is to our health. When you eat sugary foods, immune cells start actively releasing inflammatory molecules. These little suckers travel throughout your entire body and wreak havoc. Avoiding high glycemic foods should be the first thing you do such as refined carbs which include white flour, juices, soft drinks, cookies and candy off of your daily regime will be greatly beneficial.

Trans and saturated fats

They are also pretty nasty for your health. Trans fats and saturated animal fats turn into inflammatory molecules once digested. That being said, Omega 3 fats are extremely anti-inflammatory! So, swap the steak for a piece of fish! The kind of dietary fats you consume are extremely important since dietary fats influence cell function.

“Be aware that food is most certainly not the only agent responsible for temporary or chronic inflammation but it is, most certainly, the easiest one to gain control over.”

2. Elimination diet

If taking a test is not your thing, or you simply don’t have access to one nearby, I recommend you try an elimination diet. These kinds of diets help you pinpoint what food groups may be causing the problem. The idea behind this diet is that every week or two you eliminate a food group, such as dairy or wheat and observe how your body reacts to it.

3. Restoring your microbiome

Restoring your microbiome is essential in reducing inflammation. This can be done by taking probiotics and prebiotics, for example, The Super Elixir Alkalizing Formula is a great (and easy) way to start integrating pro and prebiotics into your diet.

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“This is why eating foods that keep YOUR immune system and gut in check, is a great place to start.”

The moral of the story is: there are many integrative solutions and ways to reduce Inflammatory reactions. Returning to a balanced and homeostatic state is crucial if you wish to be in optimal health, build a stronger immune system and achieve overall wellness.

I know this blog post is filled with info, but don’t get overwhelmed. Gut health isn’t the easiest thing to understand at first. That’s why I am here. Reading JK’s Gut Feeling regularly is a great way to learn about your gut and how to keep it in optimal health.

The stronger, the better.

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