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Title: Mysterious Word “Inflammation”? Let’s Break It Down!

By March 23, 2023March 25th, 2023Healthy Living, Pain

Many women experience mysterious health and hormonal issues with no clear explanation. Could inflammation be the cause? In this blog post, we break down the elusive word “inflammation,” so you can get to the root of your struggles and feel better fast! In a previous article, I talked about stress and how it makes us sick. Today, we’re zooming in on the fascinating (and mildly scandalous) ways in which stress fuels inflammation’s mischievous deeds.

A Biological Chaos 


Inflammation can seem like this gelatinous and mysterious word to many. To put it simply, inflammation is the biological chaos that happens in your body when it’s stressed out, either from poor quality food, lack of sleep, dehydration, environmental toxins, or stress.


 These days, inflammation seems to be the cause of everything, doesn’t it? Every day we dive into a world where modern life’s pesky components, such as stress, wage war on our bodies and summon the notorious inflammation, their partner in crime. 


There’s a constant “fight or flight” response happening in the body as a response to stress. This surges cortisol and adrenaline and puts us in a state of hyper-performance. This state is designed to keep us safe. However, we don’t need to be in this state of hypervigilance 24/7. These stress hormones pumping through our system cause chronic physical stress that contributes to inflammation. Furthermore, it prevents us from having a good quality of life, a sense of well-being, and feeling happy, which is what we all want.


Raise the Quality of your Garden


Ah, stress—the bane of our modern existence, right? But wait, there’s more! Our bodies also face inflammation-causing foes like sleep deprivation, thirst, the couch-potato syndrome, questionable food choices, and a toxic environment. So, what’s the big deal with inflammation?

Well, let’s paint a not-so-pretty picture: relentless pain, creaky joints, dabbling in the land of the tired, the “where did I put my keys?” cloudiness, an unforgiving scale, tummy troubles, pounding headaches, and let’s not forget those notorious baddies lurking in the shadows: heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

Think of your body as a garden. To have a healthy garden, there are many factors that come into play: rainwater, sunlight, good soil, compost, and good quality seed. Similarly, there are essential pieces that must be balanced in order to feel your best. Dozens of decisions you make each day can have an immense impact on your health, either helping or hindering it. 

Inflammation is the chronic stress response that kills your garden. 

Styling your Life Healthily 


Since the quality of your garden determines the quality of your health, the best action you could take is to help grow your internal garden

80% of chronic diseases are the result of lifestyle habits and choices. In the world of natural medicine, think of genetics as the one who sets up a loaded gun (accounting for 20%), while your environment and lifestyle become the daring culprits who pull the trigger (a whopping 80%)! This means that your genes are not your destiny—you have more control over the future of your health than you think you do. 

To say it even more pointedly, a study discovered that cancer cells are basically picky eaters! Their behavior changes depending on what’s on their menu. You may have heard that sugar feeds cancer cells, which is true. A study performed and cited by the Nutrition Journal by Michael Donaldson stated that 30% to 40% of all cancers can be influenced by diet and lifestyle choices.

The foods you choose to fuel your body heighten or lower your risk of developing diseases like cancer. With the right approach, you can create an environment in your body that is hostile to unwanted illness and supportive of healing. When it comes to taking control of your health, the choices you make are more powerful than you might think.


Addressing the Controllable 

The real solution for inflammation is to address all of the controllable factors and have them come together. The important pieces are

  • to optimize nutrition
  • hydrate well
  • pivot negative thinking
  • be sure to get proper rest 
  • movement through exercise and play
  • And choose things that bring you joy 

Explained in this way, you can see that taking the supplement turmeric to lower inflammation is one piece of many. Supplements don’t work as well when they’re thrown into an already inflamed system. Ever wondered why your past attempts to soothe that pesky inflammation didn’t quite hit the mark? Well, it turns out that embracing the whole-body approach is the secret.



Leveling Up


Good health and energy are available to all of us. Health and vitality are your birthrights. Most of us haven’t been taught how to support the balance of our internal garden. You can support your body’s internal garden by strengthening the individual pieces mentioned. When your pieces are strong, SO ARE YOU. This helps us manage stress and reduce inflammation. 

Self-care is healthcare. Imagine being the boss of your own body, calling the shots, and reaping the benefits of magnificent health. It’s like stepping into the captain’s chair and cruising down the health and happiness highway.

I realize addressing multiple pieces can seem overwhelming. What we’re looking for is progress, not perfection. Try upgrading one segment at a time and then slowly adding in another. 

All of this knowledge that I’m sharing with you isn’t powerful until you act on it. Lowering inflammation requires some small, consistent daily practices. Things like drinking more water, increasing your servings of fruits and veggies, going to bed earlier, and then doing these things consistently.

I know you’ve got this.

After discussing the mysterious word “inflammation”, it’s clear there are many possibilities to reduce its impact. A strong, confident stance in life starts with taking the reins of your physical health. Let’s create a world where we rejuvenate our gardens and level up our social lives effectively and responsibly. We acknowledge everyone lives an individualistic lifestyle and strives for personal autonomy against the inflammation that assails us daily—let’s strive for curtailing it at every corner! It is entirely possible to stand against this chaos if we raise the quality of our garden wisely and live a healthy lifestyle while doing so. If you feel satisfied by this post, please do not hesitate to take control of your body by addressing all controllable factors with these helpful tips! With that being said, the care one has over their health is always worth investing time in—why not start now? Schedule a discovery call with me and learn how these foundational habits enable robust physical health outcomes that last. 


If you’re looking to get to the root of inflammation-related health issues like fatigue, joint pain, or digestive problems, let’s have a conversation. We’d be happy to schedule a discovery call with you. We can talk directly about your health and come up with a plan that’s tailored to your unique needs.


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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.