Do you remember when you were 15 and fell off your bike landing directly on your knee? You saw a big red gash, felt throbbing pain, and couldn’t even stand up straight to go inside to tell mom what happened. Most of us know that when we hurt ourselves, we create inflammation in our body. What most people are unaware of is that inflammation hurts us too. In fact, inflammation is at the root cause for every disease. Arthritis is inflammation in the joints, and heart disease is inflammation in the heart. We start to care about “systemic inflammation,” meaning whole-body inflammation when we realize we aren’t feeling well. For example, your back hurts, you aren’t sleeping well, and no matter how much you try to lose weight, it just won’t come off.
What causes this inflammation? A diet poor in nutrient-dense food; gastrointestinal issues, such as reflux, colitis and IBS (irritable bowl syndrome); hormonal imbalance; and extra body weight are all a few examples of the body being inflamed. If you feel like everything hurts, you have no energy, you can’t lose weight, and you’re bloated all the time, there is inflammation occurring within the body. The good news is that just like we can create inflammation, we can also stop inflammation with the right tools.
Source: Dr. Elyse Tursi, of One Integrative Wellness (100 Manetto Hill Rd., Ste. 307, Plainview). For more information, call 516-299-9313.