Inflammation??? What does that mean and how does it affect your health and your skin? Master aesthetician Patricia Barnett at Red Lotus in Beaverton, Oregon would like to pass on this wonderful article written by Carrie Jones, N.D.
I have often ask this very question, because many in the medical practices like use this word "inflammation" so often without us really understanding what it is and how it effects us. http://www.redlotusskincaresalon.com/
by Carrie Jones, N.D.
In today’s fast-paced competitive world, Americans are more stressed, more overweight, more tired, and more toxic than they have ever been. We fuel our lives with caffeine and fake our smiles in order to hide how we really feel. People often have a great deal of inflammation that is holding them back from looking and feeling their best self but do not understand how to address or treat it.
Inflammation can occur on the inside and the outside of our bodies. It often manifests in the form of pain, redness/color changes, swelling, bloating, discharge/congestion, itching, cravings, and foggy thinking. Putting this into more common terms, inflammation is the reason for joint pain, acne, gas and bloating, diarrhea, headaches/migraines, fatigue, runny noses, congested sinuses, eczema, rashes, and rapid aging. Inflammation is not pretty and it does not make us feel good.
Triggers include old injuries that never heal or are re-injured, foods we eat, stress, unhealthy relationships, products we use (cleaning, skincare, make-up), beverages we drink, infections in our body, sleep deprivation, and more. Some inflammation is a good thing. It means that our immune system is trying to help us heal and get back to a normal functioning state. The problem becomes when inflammation becomes chronic and the symptoms are more long-term and turn into nagging everyday problems, or slowly worsen conditions such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and cancer.
How do you know if you have inflammation?
Trust us, you know. You know when you don’t feel good on the inside or on the outside. You knew how it used to feel to have a lot of energy, be stress-free and clear minded, have good motivation, non-reactive skin, not experience nagging pain, and look bright-eyed.
So, how do I change this?
You are what you eat therefore testing for food intolerances or allergies is very important or eliminating inflammatory foods from your diet is key. Getting enough water through the day to flush the lymphatic system and sound sleep are critical to your long term health. If you have tight muscles or bones that need adjusting, perhaps some self-care is in order and you need to see a chiropractor, massage therapist, or acupuncturist. Focus on stress, stress response, and stress management. Take stock of your relationships at home, with friends and family, and at work. Are these aspects of your life helping you or hindering you?
Second, evaluate your external environment. What types of cleaning products do you use? How about body care? Skin care? Chemical exposure creates a lot of toxicity on our skin, in our lungs and sinuses, and throughout our whole system. Aging seems to increase drastically with chronic inflammation. Skin laxity and texture changes, increased wrinkles, weight gain around the middle, hair growth in places you don’t want it and areas that droop are all a natural but unwanted part of getting older and could be being sped up by increased inflammation. In summary, inflammation can be a significant cause of aging.