What's Driving Your Inflammation?


Could you be suffering from inflammation that is slowly robbing you of your health?

Fatigue, body aches, digestive issues, cognitive problems or maybe you just haven't felt well since that illness or since that extreme workout at the gym. All of these could be signs of underlying inflammation that has your immune system caught in a vicious cycle that can lead to chronic illness.

Although inflammation in the acute stage is part of a healthy immune response to injury or infection, if it is allowed to continue unabated, it can become chronic. The main drivers of chronic inflammation include:

  • Stress

  • Toxins

  • Poor sleep

  • Elevated blood sugar

  • Digestive disorders

  • Hormone imbalance

  • Undetected food sensitivities

  • Infections (bacterial, fungal or viral)

  • Lack of physical activity or, in some cases, extreme physical activity

Chronic inflammation lies at the center of many chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, osteoarthritis, and autoimmune illness. In fact, inflammatory changes are a hallmark of aging, which has lead to the term, inflammaging, a process which contributes to the development of age-related diseases.

The first step toward reigning in inflammation in your body is to identify what's driving it. A thorough health history combined with laboratory testing can uncover the source of your inflammation and chart your path to wellness. When combined with an anti-inflammatory lifestyle (whole foods diet, successful stress management, increased physical activity), these steps will make your personalized path to wellness a rewarding one.

If you would like to know more about how you can get a handle on what's driving your inflammation and get your health back, please contact us.

References

Bennett, JM et al Inflammation–Nature's Way to Efficiently Respond to All Types of Challenges: Implications for Understanding and Managing “the Epidemic” of Chronic Diseases. Front.Med. 2018.5.316.

Blaum, C, et al. Modifiable lifestyle risk factors and C-reactive protein in patients with coronary artery disease: Implications for an anti-inflammatory treatment target population.Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2019 Nov 10:2047487319885458.

Feldman, N et al. DAMPs as mediators of sterile inflammation in aging-related pathologies. Ageing Research Reviews. 24(2015) 29-39.

Fulop, T, et al. The integration of inflammaging in age-related diseases. Semin Immunol. 2018 Dec;40:17-35 Abstract.

Nardini, C et al. The epigenetics of inflammaging: The contribution of age-related heterochromatin loss and locus-specific remodelling and the modulation by environmental stimuli.Semin Immunol. 2018 Dec; 40, 49-60.

The contents of this blog are intended for educational purposes only. The information presented here is not a substitute for proper medical attention, diagnosis, or treatment by a qualified healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider before starting or making any changes to an existing treatment plan, exercise program or dietary regimen and before using nutritional supplements.

~ Dr.Sarah Williams ~ Concord & Nantucket,Massachusetts ~

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