In part one of this series, we covered why chronic, systemic inflammation matters to your holistic pain relief plan. It’s one of the big factors we want to work to control, so that we can reduce our chronic pain. Of course, it’s also important to our health in many other ways but we’ll just focus on the pain relief here.
We covered three of seven reasons previously:
1. Poor sleep quality
2. Environmental factors
3. Poor diet
There are many factors to be considered in chronic inflammation, and here are four more.
4. Gut/digestive issues: Your gut (which is another way to say your intestinal tract) may not be a place you think about having inflammation. But since your gut contains 60-70% of your immune system, an inflamed gut can wreck major havoc throughout your whole body. Many things can damage our gut’s natural bacterial balance: antibiotics, food allergies/intolerances, toxins, and toxic buildup resulting from constipation. When your gut bacteria is out of balance, it creates inflammation both in the gut and leaking outside the gut into the rest of your body.
5. Chronic stress: You probably know from your own experience that chronic stress (lasting at least 3 months) makes it hard to stay well. As of 2013, a study found that chronic stress actually changes our genes. It changes the immune cells into “fighter” cells before they enter the bloodstream. And it does this whether or not there’s actually infection or trauma for that immune cell to fight. Having these “fighter” cells in our bloodstream then leads to inflammation throughout our bodies.
6. Lack of exercise / sedentary lifestyle: It’s no secret that exercise is critical to our long-term wellness. Sometimes when we’re living with chronic pain, exercise seems like the most impossible thing (we’ll talk more in a later blog about ideas to approach this). In fact, when your skeletal muscles perform work, they actually produce and release anti-inflammatory substances into the blood. So staying still and not exercising is a big part of chronic, systemic inflammation. Getting moving (even just a little), will make you feel less pain and inflammation.
7. Carrying extra weight: Studies show that even a 5% weight loss can reduce inflammatory markers in blood tests. The good news is that if you make changes in some of the other items in this list, you will naturally give your body the opportunity to release weight. For example, better sleep and high quality food are both associated with weight loss. Small changes work together in our lives to make a big impact on our pain levels!
Let me say that again … SMALL changes work together in our lives to make a BIG impact on our pain levels! Next time, I’ll be talking about some ways to make those small changes. Feeling better shouldn’t be excruciating. My goal is to share ways to feel better that you can incorporate in your life RIGHT NOW.
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