Inflammation & Joint Health

Inflammation & Joint Health
Inflammation & Joint Health

If you are suffering with painful, aching joints or muscles you will have inflammation occurring in your body which may be triggered by both internal and external factors. Inflammation is a bodily defence response to tissue damage which is triggered by the immune system and can be either acute or chronic.

Acute inflammation is an immediate response characterised by redness, heat, pain and swelling often as a result of an injury. The body sends immune cells to the site of injury to heal and repair the damage tissue.

Chronic inflammation is unresolved inflammation that is ongoing, like a fire that keeps burning and is never put out. It can last for months or even years and occurs when the body is unable to repair or heal the damage. Chronic inflammation is very harmful for the body and is associated with
diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.

Certain dietary and lifestyle practices such as eating processed food, smoking, drinking alcohol and too much stress can promote chronic inflammation. Eating inflammatory foods alters your microbiome - the collection of bacterial species that live in the gut to protect the body from
pathogens, help you digest food and enable your body to produce vitamins. Around 70% of our immune system is in our gut so when the microbiome becomes unbalanced, the immune system is negatively affected.

Furthermore, continually eating inflammatory foods causes blood sugar and blood fat levels to rise significantly which triggers a domino-effect of chemical reactions including the inflammatory response. Over time, this continued inflammation can overwhelm your immune system and lead
to long-term health complaints including joint pain, muscle soreness and fatigue.

Nutritional Therapy provides a step by step approach to identifying and removing inflammatory foods and implementing an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle protocol. Functional testing for your gut health and microbiome is also available to help identify imbalances resulting in chronic inflammation.

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