When your body encounters something offensive to it or suffers an injury, your immune system is activated, and the body responds by inflammation. Inflammation is only meant to be a short-term response in the body, but many people have inflammation that lasts longer and can even become a chronic illness. It’s essential to take steps to limit the amount of inflammation in the body, but the first part is discovering what is causing inflammation in the body.
What Causes Inflammation in the Body?
Different things can cause inflammation, and the most common causes of chronic inflammation include toxin exposure, autoimmune disorders, stress, and lack of exercise. These are the root causes of inflammation, and working with a knowledgeable practitioner to discover which is the root cause of your illness can be life-changing. One of the largest sources of inflammation in the body today is stress, so it’s essential to ensure you’re managing stress well. When you don’t manage stress well, and your body has chronic inflammation, it can lead to chronic disease.
Stress Causes Inflammation
When the body is under a large amount of stress for a long time, it can activate the body’s inflammation because it perceives threats to the body. Your autonomic nervous system regulates many functions of the body. When it’s regulated, it takes care of everything your body needs to work correctly, like your breathing, digestion, and heart beating. When it’s dysregulated from chronic stress, it takes the energy that it usually uses to do those things and diverts it to be prepared to run in case there is a threat because the fight-or-flight response is activated.
In order to help manage inflammation properly, you must practice mindfulness to manage your stress levels. Practicing mindfulness can help get your body into a parasympathetic state of rest-and-digest, where the body can work on repairing any issues. When your body is operating in the parasympathetic nervous system, the energy that needs to go to digesting food, regulating heartbeats, and breathing properly goes to those functions because the body isn’t anticipating any threats. When your body is in a parasympathetic state, it can help take care of any diseases or imbalances.
Take Supplements to Support the Body
It’s important to get to the root cause of your inflammation, and working with a knowledgeable practitioner can make all the difference. Taking the correct supplements to support the body can be life-changing for some people. We will work hard to uncover the root cause of your inflammation and develop a plan to help reduce it. Some supplements can help support the body’s response to stress, and we can help you figure out which ones are best for your body and unique situation.
Work With Us
Don’t suffer alone! If you have chronic inflammation but haven’t been able to get it under control, we can help. Let us help you get to the root cause of your disease and get you back on your feet. We enjoy helping our clients in the Fredericksburg, VA community. Give us a call today to schedule your first appointment. We welcome the opportunity to help you on your healing journey.