Feature Inflammation is the body’s built-in mechanism to defend itself from adverse stimuli such as trauma, pathogens, damaged cells, toxins and other environmental irritants. It’s even a response to emotional stress. Individuals with acute inflammation may experience redness, swelling, heat, loss of function and pain, says David Seaman, DC, whose organization is devoted to nutritional and other lifestyle approaches for reducing inflammation.
Wellness Approach While the body sleeps, it heals. Injuries and illnesses all improve when the body gets adequate sleep; so do chronic conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Research shows that most of the healing takes place during Stage 2 and Stage 3 sleep, when sleep is deepest and without dreams. During Stage 3 sleep, healing hormones such as human growth hormone are released and the production of stress hormones, such as cortisol, is inhibited.
Diabetes diagnoses increased more than 380 percent between 1988 and 2014, according to statistics compiled by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This condition now afflicting more than 30 million adults and children in the U.S. alone. The ADA further states that this medical condition characterized by higher-than-normal blood sugar also takes the lives of more Americans per year than breast cancer and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) put together.
Clinical Concerns Running hurts. Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral pain syndrome, medial tibial stress syndrome, metatarsalgia—some estimates put the number of runners who are sidelined by these injuries annually at 90 percent. A 2015 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that runners who avoided injury were those who landed lightest on their feet, sustaining the lowest levels of impact loading.
While many factors contribute to a person’s overall level of health, research is increasingly finding that there is one big factor that greatly impacts one’s health. Organisms contained with the gut can either contribute to one’s wellness or contribute to illness and is a critical factor to health.Harvard Medical School explains that the gut impacts health largely due to its two-way connection with the brain.