What do you know about inflammation?
Quite honestly, when I thought of inflammation pre-keto I mostly thought about the way my fingers and neck swell in response to a stressful event in my life. I didn’t realize that inflammation has such a huge impact on the body. I had no idea that inflammation is a symptom of something more, as well as being adding strain to other areas of your health.
It seems that it doesn’t matter if the stress/anxiety is caused because of joy and happiness or drama and a heavy heart, my body still responds with an inflammatory response in a negative way. In the year that I have been following the ketogenic life, I have noticed a real change in my inflammation. It takes more stress to cause a reaction and it resolves itself much more quickly.
In addition to following keto and avoiding foods to avoid inflammatory response (except dairy…I’m just not there yet), I’ve worked really hard to get my anxiety under control, remove unnecessary stress, added supplements that support my adrenal glands and cortisol responses and allowed myself time to heal. The latter seems to be the most important. Nothing is an overnight success but requires time and effort to allow the body to heal.
Definition: According to Medicinet.com, inflammation is “A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a result of infection, irritation, or injury.”
Additional information about health risks and issues associated with inflammation:
“Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. … In these diseases, called autoimmune diseases, the body’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues.” -WebMD
I read an interesting article from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Inflammation that I recommend you checking out. The basic gist is that inflammation can be good to protect you, but it can also cause problems, including, “arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, blindness, cancer, diabetes and, quite possibly, autism and mental illness,” which are obviously bad. It can even kill you (that’s the ugly, in case you were wondering).
In what ways does inflammation impact you?
What has helped you with your inflammation?
Did you know you can be having inflammation as an allergic response? This week I will be interviewing Laura Maldonado, a Nutritionist with information that can help us all with improving our health through Keto, paying close attention to identifying and dealing with inflammation.
Stay tuned for the interview video to be posted on YouTube. For up to date information, be sure to follow this blog and join the BeckDoes keto support group on Facebook for shared experiences, recipes, mildly humorous memes/jokes, and the support of those trying to improve their health.
Extra note: the image is from Violet from Willy Wonka and the Choclate Factory. I thought it was fitting because when I have issues of inflammation I feel just like this. Well, not blue, just round and uncomfortable.