What causes inflammation?

What causes inflammation?

Inflammation is probably the most important thing to consider when it comes to feeling good and being your best self. Inflammation can be acute or chronic. The acute kind is critical to repairing damage and fighting infections. The chronic kind is the one that we are concerned about. 

Causes

Modern life is full of things that result in chronic inflammation in our bodies. These are the most common causes of it:

  • Smoking and alcohol
  • Refined sugar, refined carbs, vegetable oils, highly processed foods
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Not getting any meaningful exercise
  • Stress
  • Poor gut health
  • Body fat. Fat cells get bigger as you put on more body weight. This causes them to excrete too much of a proinflammatory hormone which travels throughout your body in the bloodstream.

Chronic inflammation can do serious damage. It is linked with:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Cognitive decline
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases

Here's what you can do about it:

  • Fasting is the most important thing you can do to reduce chronic inflammation. 
    • Fasting turns off some of the genes involved in sustained inflammation in the body. 
    • Fasting increases antioxidant activity in the body. Antioxidants repair some of the damage caused by inflammation.
    • Fasting is the most effective way to get rid of excess body fat.
    • Start with intermittent fasting. Then work your way up to periodic prolonged fasts.
  • Take vitamin D3 and K2. 
    • Vitamin D suppresses inflammation without the side effects of taking anti-inflammatory drugs. 
    • Vitamin K2 works together with Vitamin D. Vitamin D improves calcium absorption, and K2 makes sure the calcium reaches the right places, like the bones.
  • Eat plenty of anti-inflammatory foods
    • Berries, cherries, dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, broccoli, tomatoes, olive oil, and nuts.
    • Turmeric, cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper, and cloves - these foods have exceptionally high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
    • Get plenty of fiber from diverse sources and eat pickled veggies for good gut health
    • Golden bars have turmeric, cardamom, and cashews. Delicious, convenient, and an easy anti-inflammatory boost.
  • Go low carb and avoid processed foods as much as possible.
  • Reduce stress with yoga, meditation, or a simple walk in nature regularly.
  • Become super protective of your sleep. 7-8 hours every night. No excuses.
  • Move more. Do HIIT exercises for maximum impact. As a bonus, HIIT takes up very little time.

Conclusion

Most of us suffer from too much inflammation thanks to the stresses of modern life. Chronic inflammation leads to severe diseases. Thankfully, there is a lot we can do to reduce inflammation. As usual, it’s the fundamental things - move more, eat more plants, practice fasting, get exercise, and get sleep. Additionally, use turmeric and vitamin D3 for healing inflammation effectively and safely.


Next, check out our quick start guide to intermittent fasting.

Then, see how to use turmeric, and how not to.