“Most recently, one particularly client presented with migraines that were debilitating every single month for most of her life,  unable to work or function. With removing foods that cause inflammation this client has had no migraine and has lost 16kg in 5 months “ Read on… Vicky g 
 
The connection between what we eat, gut health and chronic inflammation is very clear to me and how our nutrition can fix this.

 
Inflammation is the key word and topic of much discussion. 4 years ago I attended a conference in Santiago with my sister, Dr Despina Handolias, oncologist at Cabrini hospital. Amongst the many valuable research articles, studies, outcomes, presentations the key word is chronic inflammation. 
Upgrading your immune system is the best approach. 
 
So What is Inflammation?
It is simply our defense recognizing  and removing  harmful bacteria to initiate healing process.
The good Inflammation or acute is the one we want and need… runny nose high fever assists healing! This type of inflammation is natural, healthy, and helps your body heal.
 
Chronic inflammation, is the one we don’t want. This is when the immune system is chronically heightened and lasts for a very long time. The “fire that never goes out”….and things start to develop as a result of being worn out!! …llergies, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune conditions
   
Look out for this!! 
 

1. You’re Tired All the Time
Feeling tired or just  run down all the time may indicate that you are  suffering  from too much inflammation in the body.

2. Aches and Pains
Chronic aches and pains could be persistent, low-grade inflammation. As it persists, your body’s inflammatory response can eventually start damaging healthy cells, tissues, and organs.

3. Mucus & more  mucus
Constant throat clearing or blowing your nose, you might be suffering from too much inflammation you  might notice more coughing and sneezing than normal, having to swallow large globs of mucus consistently over the day or suffer from a never-ending runny nose.

4. Skin ( my favorite topic)
The skin is the largest organ in the body and  break outs on the regular, eczema or psoriasis, your body could be over-inflamed.
Gut microbiome and skin microbiome are linked making sense when you binge on chocolate your skin may go crazy….

5. You Have Poor Digestion
Gassy, diarrhea, bloated or constipated? The (gut microbiome) which I call the power box of the body, over time has  foods or toxins passes the lining of the intestinal wall.
Sugars, particles, bacterial toxins, and other pathogens to leak into the bloodstream, triggering an immune response and causing persistent inflammation.  How does this happen???
Tears of this power box occur from excessive consumption of inflammatory foods, using antibiotics and/or non-anti-inflammatory drugs infections like candida, SIBO or parasites, chronic stress, or lack of healthy gut bacteria.

6. Aghhh ummmm  Brain Fog anyone?
Brain, memory, mental clarity, focus? If you are finding this difficult it can be closely intertwined with high levels of inflammation in the body.
Studies Show that inflammation can have a negative impact on the brain’s ability to reach and maintain an alert state.  The results showed that brain activity related to staying alert was directly affected by inflammation.
If you’ve noticed changes in the way you think and feel, high levels of inflammation in the body may just be to blame.

7. Headaches Are a Constant
Headaches, particularly migraines, often have a deep-rooted connection to higher levels of inflammation in the body.
The gut and brain are tightly connected
And so when our gut is inflamed from poor food choices or other factors, related issues may also be reflected in the brain.

8.  That belly layer we don’t want 
A big concern from clients is “Vicky I have this layer around my abdomen that I have never had, I just want to get rid of it?” 
Obesity, overweight, diabetes  are all connected to inflammation. Evidence shows that the body fat and the higher levels of inflammation in the body. How is this possible? Fat cells can create chemical signals that lead to elevated levels of inflammation. Several Studies have found that weight increases are associated with chronic inflammation. This means that as a person’s weight increases, so do c reactive proteins showing inflammation.
So, the more belly fat you have, the more of these chemicals you create.
The good news? Shedding just a few pounds can often be enough to ease pain and prevent future inflammation.

– Key message –
Diet is linked to chronic inflammation, understanding what inflammation is, is first step!!!