Source of Sickness
There is one main cause of all major health lifestyle issues from back pain to cancer. The World Health Organization has stated the main issue of health issues stem from stress. To break this down even further, when our body is undergoing stress it can easily be inflamed. Because we are stressed emotionally, chemically, and physically, our body can undergo chronic inflammation. Inflammation is a way our body repairs and heals itself; however, when inflammation is out of control, we start to see symptoms of our body breaking down.
The Stress Cycle
One of the negative effects of chronic inflammation is an increase of cortisol levels. Cortisol’s natural mechanism in the body is to act as an anti-inflammatory agent. More issues rise when cortisol levels increase that can cause unhealthy balances such as hormonal issues and interfere with your body’s ability to function at its optimal level. Cortisol also can lower your adrenals, which can lead to adrenal fatigue. It can even effect your thyroid which will lower the function of how your thyroid operates. Overall, your immune and digestive system will be in an unhealthy state due to your body’s fixation on the other imbalanced areas throughout the body. The stress in our world today has gone above and beyond. It’s not just the emotional stress, but it is also the physical and chemical stress.
Our body needs stress in order to function. Stress such as gravity holds the body together and regenerate. When working out, stress increases our ability to grow in mass and strength. Stress is an essential part of health, but when stress is overly produced throughout our body and environment it causes a major chain of unhealthy effects. Statistics show the average person sits 90% of their day which is extremely physically stressful to our body. 90% of the stimulation to your brain comes from the movement of your spine. When you’re positioning your body in a stressful state the majority of your day, you are interfering with your body’s optimal function. This leads to chronic inflammation that start the downward spiral of health effects.
4 Ways to Reduce Inflammation and Stress
1. Anti-inflammatory Diet
Simply shifting your diet to focus on anti-inflammatory foods will drastically change your health. This involves eliminating grains, refined sugars, pastas, and more. But it also includes adding whole, nutrient dense foods that will replenish your body and heal it from the inside out. This includes dark leafy greens, fresh produce, and foods high in omega-3.
Supplements, such as adaptogens, increase your body’s ability to heal from inflammation. High quality supplements to take include turmeric, ashwagandha, rhodiola, CBD oil, and more. Consult with your natural doctor to find out which ones are best for you.
3. Chiropractic Care
Adjustments remove interference to your spine. Since 90% of all brain stimulation is connected to your spine, this simple investment to your health will show drastic changes over time and even prevent further health complications.
4. Reducing Stress
There are emotional, physical, and chemical stressors that harm your body and increase inflammation. Reducing or removing the stressors you can control are key to eliminating inflammation throughout your body. For emotional stress, find a daily outlet such as walking to clear your mind, create blood flow, and increase movement into your routine. For chemical stress, eliminate foods like sugar that harm your body’s levels such as hormones. Purchase organic cleaning, beauty, and clothing products. For physical stressors, find out what workouts for your body allow growth and rest. Do not overwork your body and replenish it with harmful foods that will keep your body in an inflamed state. The positive side to stressors is that many of them are controllable, changeable, and removable.
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