Many debilitating chronic diseases like arthritis, heart disease, asthma, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and even depression to a certain extent, have one thing in common: Chronic inflammation in the body. This common thread means, according to Dr. Josh Axe, that chronic inflammation is at the root of most diseases.
What is inflammation?
Acute inflammation is your body’s natural and immediate response to injury or infection, which allows your immune system to do its work and help the body heal. Without inflammation, your cut skin would not heal heal, your broken bones would not mend, and you’d never get over a cold or flu. But when your immune system remains activated for extended periods of time, even at low levels, inflammation becomes chronic and can contribute to– if not cause– many diseases.
What’s the big deal?
In the lengthy, detailed article linked above, Dr. Axe frames the challenge mainstream medical clinicians face on the topic of chronic inflammation:
Thankfully, inflammation has gotten a lot more attention in the past 10 years, but the problem still remains: Modern medicine focuses on treating symptoms, not addressing the root cause of a health issue, which in many cases is inflammation.”
Treating symptoms is very effective in alleviating suffering but only in the short term. That’s because symptoms are the body’s way of saying something– the root cause–needs attention. If we’re only treating the symptoms, and failing to recognize the root cause, the root cause will remain and continue to wreak havoc.
What can you do about it?
I love Dr. Axe’s positive outlook on what we can do to prevent and/or reduce chronic inflammation:
The good news is, there are a lot of ways to avoid or reduce chronic disease-causing inflammation.”
Dr. Axe’s recommendations are science-based natural remedies and health practices you can try on your own.
Of course, these types of recommendations are never meant to be a substitute for regular medical care by a licensed clinician. Nor are these, or any, recommendations a substitute for your own mindful awareness, critical thinking, and rational decision-making about what is right for you.
But if you’re reading this, you likely already know all that…
Meanwhile, Dr. Axe offers some practical ways to prevent and/or reduce chronic inflammation:
- Anti-inflammatory diet
- Anti-inflammatory supplements
- Prayer and meditation
If you’d like to prevent or reduce chronic inflammation in your own health journey, where will you start?
There’s always a place in nursing and medicine for alleviating symptoms. But, lasting wellness, the kind that supports our optimal quality of life, comes from addressing root causes, not symptoms only.
If you’d like some extra support in achieving wellness, improving your quality of life, and choosing your own practical approaches to better health, you may benefit from the assistance of a health coach. I’d love to talk to you further. Contact me here.