5 Ways Inflammation Changes You Mentally and Physically

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You might have heard about anti-inflammatory medication but do you know what inflammation is? They say, excess of good can be harmful. In the case of inflammation, this is absolutely true. In short, inflammation is your body’s response to threats like toxic chemicals, stress, and infection. When your immune system senses danger, it activates proteins that protect tissues and cells. To a certain level, this helps in keeping your body under control. However, when the immune cells overreact, the inflammation becomes chronic. It is mostly caused by bacteria, fatty and sugary foods, and an autoimmune disorder.

Following are 5 signs that indicate inflammation getting out of control:

1.     Skin Issues

Psoriasis, acne and rashes are the most common signs that signal that you are being over exposed to something that should be removed immediately. Nuts, milk chocolate, and potato chips are the three most harmful food items that cause acne. Certain types of foods are linked to acne through our digestion. When our health is altered, the digestive system takes a hit, which heightens inflammation.

2.     Brain Fog

When you are exposed to something inflammatory such as stress or too much junk food, your brain cells take a back seat. A kind of spell takes over you that diminish your energy and shrouds your sense of clarity. Your responses get slow and you work under this fog that takes away your alertness. Overtime, you will see a productivity drop in every task you do.

3.     It Slows Down Your Response Time When in Fight or Flight Mode

Inflammation has a small impact on your emotional stress. Inflammatory markers known as C-reactive proteins get released into your blood stream, controlling the biological response of your body to impeding danger. This is what floods your system with adrenaline and helps you escape dangerous situations. However, repeated stress elevates the level of C-reactive proteins, which can cause various physical and mental health issues.

4.     Joint Pain

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is one of the leading symptoms of inflammation. Various things can lead to joint pain via inflammation such as low amount of Vitamin D in your diet, an autoimmune disorder, smoking, and a salty diet.

5.     Heart Disease

You know that piercing pain you get in your heart as if someone poked you? That is a sign of inflammation. As mentioned earlier, when your digestive systems stops working, it triggers inflammation. One of the main reasons behind this is fatty plaque in your arteries. This plaque attacks the white blood cells and then form blood clots when they grow larger. This causes a heart attack and triggers other reactions such as nervous eating, which increases your weight.

Inflammation is as dangerous a problem as any other disease can potentially be. It can lead a person into depression, causing a lack of appetite, low mood, and poor sleep. While inflammation can be prevented by maintaining a healthy diet, it is also important to keep yourself moving physically so that it doesn’t interfere with your body growth.

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