A logical cause for wrinkles would be unprotected sun exposure. Another would be simply a product of aging. But, guess what? Inflammation in your gut is a guilty party too when it comes to creating visible age lines.
What’s To Get Inflamed About?
Just like when something annoys you emotionally, and then it puts you over-the-top, you get inflamed. You overreact and have a mini-explosion. The same thing happens when a germ or bacteria annoys your body. There’s a cellular response that causes inflammation.
On the outside of your body, let’s say from a bug bite or an infected cut, the skin will turn red, hot, and swell. Now imagine the same response in your stomach from a food or toxin that your body perceives as an unwelcomed guest, an invader. In the most simplistic terms, that’s what inflammation looks like inside your body.
Inflammation is Not a Good Guy or Gal
Just because you don’t see what’s going on inside your body doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Or, be oblivious to it. Knowledge is power. And now the knowledge is about providing and maintaining your good health.
Inflammation has been linked to type-2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and cancer, not to mention other autoimmune disorders and other diseases. That’s scary. And serious. Most of these conditions are related to high-grade inflammation, especially over a long period of time.
Aging too Young
Even low-grade inflammation can wreak havoc on the health of our body. It compromises balance. What happens is that our body is constantly reacting—it’s fighting against something, even if it’s just a minor battle. But what occurs is that the constant fighting causes a breakdown, which in turn, causes aging.
Inflammation happens when toxins invade our bloodstream, and much of the time, we don’t even know it. And unfortunately, visible signs of aging become more apparent when inflammation increases.
Signs You My Be Suffering From Inflammation
–Premature development of, or excessive wrinkles
-Autoimmune disorders (Crohn’s, celiac, vitiligo, colitis, among others)
How Does This Happen?
Some doctors will explain that there is no explanation. However, research can point to several specific links to inflammation. It can be one culprit or a combination of a few.
–FOOD ALLERGIES. You may not be aware of allergies or sensitivities if, for example, you don’t break out into a rash. But consider that processed foods, sugar, and wheat (among other sources) may cause an internal reaction. This chronic, low-grade reaction to the sensitivity (inflammation) can cause constipation, diarrhea, bloating, foggy brain, tiredness, and weight gain, among other symptoms.
-STRESS. Stress releases the hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol over time create inflammation.
–TOXINS. Toxins enter our body through food (from pesticides, soil, antibiotics, etc.), our skin (from cosmetics, lotions, etc.), breathing polluted air and drinking water (smoke, heavy metals, etc.). Environmental toxins can cause inflammation.
–OVERCONSUMPTION. Too much candy, soda, (refined sugars), caffeine, and/or alcohol increase toxicity in your body.
–LACK OF SLEEP AND EXERCISE. Self-explanatory.
How Can I Decrease Inflammation?
The answer to decreasing inflammation can be lengthy and complex. In order to present a brief, yet valid response, we can focus on a few key positive lifestyle changes:
1)Get enough sleep.
2)Cut down (or cut out) processed foods, sugar, dairy, and bad fats. Add into your diet: fresh, organic fruits and veggies, lean proteins, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
3)Exercise. Even a brisk daily walk will make a difference. Getting outdoors is a double bonus (helps reduce stress.)
4)Practice stress-reduction techniques. Meditate, breathe deeply, draw, or skydive. Whatever gets you into your zen-zone, do it!
5)Cut down (or cut out) using skin care or beauty products with chemicals such as parabens, phthlates, BHA, BHT, synthetic fragrances, etc.
6)Engage in a safe health program that allows for gradual detoxification. Incorporate natural elements like green tea, lemons, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and garlic.
Always check with your physician before embarking on any kind of diet or detox. Choosing healthy lifestyle practices will naturally allow your body to reduce inflammation. For more articles geared toward keeping you and your family’s best health in mind, check out Thrive!