I just spent a few hours typing an article on inflammation, only to realize I hadn't got my point across and the article was MUCH too wordy.
I want to share with you what I have learned and know about inflammation because of how it has affected my life.
When I think about inflammation in my body what immediately comes to mind is my joints. After a long hike sometimes my knees will get crazily inflamed (I have taken myself to the hospital a few times), but quickly noticed only after certain hikes did they get swollen. I also think about my wrists, how some days/weeks I wake up and they feel fine, and other times they feel stiff and sore and achey. I think about digestion, and when my stomach used to bloat out, or when I am having gastric upset. I also think about my mood and how much my outlook and mood can vary depending on a variety of factors, including inflammation in my gut/body.
So what was the link between my joint pain, stomach distress, mental distress, and some further skin issues? Inflammation. I have come to read/learn and recognize that when my body is inflamed I feel swollen, achey, depressed, and have awful digestion, and therefore awful skin (your skin is a direct connection from what is going on in your gut).
The first real shocker for me was when I did a massive hike last year, and afterwards I ate at the spaghetti factory. In my regular life I don't eat pasta (or wheat/gluten products), dairy, and I limit sugar. Well that day we hiked 30 km and I felt the need to pound back a huge bowl of pasta, ice cream, and a few ceaser’s. I didn't walk for a week! It didn't make sense though…I had done hikes that long before with no repercussions. Something about this hike was different, and I firmly believe it had to do with my food choices afterwards. I could list about 10 other examples where I have seen inflammation wreak havoc on my body due to dietary and lifestyle choices, take a look back at my ACNE article for another good example!
As a result I have been committed to eliminating inflammation to improve my health. I feel so much more vitality when I do so, and therefore I want to share with you what I know about inflammation to see if I can help you too!
Rather than me try and summarize everything I have learned, I would love for you to take a look at this fantastic article that is 4 pages and presents some facinating information on inflammation. If you are suffering from any kind of medical challenges at this time, it is definitely worth a read for you.
I am sure there is more information out there, and I would love to hear what you have experienced in terms of inflammation.