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The Silent Driver Behind Most Disease

feed your soul Jun 06, 2022

Why is it that we don’t actually feel the early stages of diabetes? The same goes for heart disease and cancer. These conditions don’t just happen overnight you know! On the contrary, they are often brewing inside of us for decades. And then when we’re finally handed a diagnosis of heart disease, we panic and will try anything to make it go away- to go back to how things used to be. 


The culprit? Chronic inflammation.


Typically when we think of something in our body being inflamed, thoughts of a cut finger or skinned knee appear in our mind. When we experience an injury like this, there’s no doubt that the affected area is inflamed. It shows telltale signs of bleeding, redness and pain. Our body then does exactly what it was designed to do: white blood cells rush to the injury site where they perform the role of cleaning up the wound. Our blood clots and eventually, a scab forms to seal the abrasion to keep harmful microorganisms at bay.


The injury and resulting inflammation just described is called acute inflammation, a necessary process that your body must get right otherwise you would die.


What is chronic inflammation?


Now let’s talk about chronic inflammation. This type is much more worrisome because unlike acute inflammation, where you can see and feel it, the chronic type lies silent in the body and you really have no idea it’s happening. This is the “brewing” part I spoke about in the opening paragraph. 


Similar to acute inflammation, chronic inflammation is triggered when something is off balance in the body, which then activates inflammatory markers to heal the perceived injury. A notable difference between the two, however, is that acute inflammation responds because of a physical injury and chronic is attempting to heal something that isn’t physically broken.


Chronic inflammation is like a warning signal that flares up in response to your lifestyle habits, only the alarm is silent. And because, unlike a broken wrist, you can’t see or feel the early stages of diabetes and cancer, chances are you will carry on as if nothing is off balance. Then one afternoon you walk into your doctor’s office for your annual checkup and she breaks the news that you have pre-diabetes.

 

Preventable causes of chronic inflammation

 

Inflammation is fueled when you skimp on sleep, eat a diet rich in heavily processed foods, like fast food, frozen meals, and sweets and deficient in plant-based foods (what I call Earthfoods). It also thrives in the bodies of those who use tobacco and lack physical exercise.


Let me be very clear on this, most chronic inflammation is caused by our choices and habits, those we repeat on a daily basis.  


I’m just going to be flat out real with you…


It's time to stop acting like you're invincible, as if it won't happen to you, and start behaving like the general manager of your own health. Take it under your tender loving care. 

You wouldn’t dare skip out on your car's routine oil change would you? Of course not! Your car would burn up…and that would be expensive. But that’s just what happens to that precious temple of yours when you:

  • Only give it five hours of sleep (when you should be giving it at least seven)
  • Don’t exercise it regularly…or worse, sit too long
  • Eat highly processed food like sub sandwiches and guzzle sugar-sweetened (or diet) beverages


Give your attitude a tune up


Many people walk around with an attitude of: Hey man, if it's not broke, why fix it?  


But what if it is broke and you just don’t feel it yet? Remember, chronic inflammation is silent. 


If I come across a bit aggressive here, it’s because I care about you! I know you are capable of so much more than what you’ve convinced yourself. You are limitless in what you can achieve for your health, so stop playing small! What are you afraid of? In the words of Marianne Williamson:


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.”

 

Deep inside of us is a constant craving to feel good and at peace, but often times we lose touch and forget what good and peace feel like. You know exactly what I’m talking about if right now, you are reading these words knowing that things must change for you. You know that you deserve more and better than what you’ve been feeding yourself.

 

To cool chronic inflammation, start here...

 

The most powerful thing you can do to extinguish the flames of chronic inflammation- after you work on getting at least seven hours of sleep each night- is to consistently eat more Earthfoods.


Earthfoods are the foods we all know we should be eating more of: single ingredient, unprocessed, health-empowering, nutrient-rich foods from the earth. Simply put, they are the foods your body was designed to eat and truly longs for. They include greens, vegetables, fruits, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, and whole and unprocessed grains.


The very fact that your body thrives on Earthfoods- and you begin to crave them when eaten consistently- is proof positive that it prefers them.

 

Believe in your body

 

Your body’s natural state is ease and well-being. It wants to be healthy and will do everything in its power to maintain health. So give it a shot! Better yet, give it all you’ve got!


Oh my sweet friend, if only you could see in you what I see in you, never again would you doubt your capacity for greatness. 


Please, don’t be afraid of your Light.

 

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