This is where it all began for me.
Constant Chronic Inflammation day in, day out.
The pain is something I will never forget, I used to cry in utter frustration at why it wasn't ever going away. When I was told there was nothing wrong with me and it's probably just a little muscle soreness, I remember wishing all the pain I was feeling onto them just so they'd know how I felt and that was not all that was going on.
Those days still make appearance every now and again when I let my diet and lifestyle slip a little, but mostly they are behind me. Why? I chose to understand and actively combat the inflammation that plagued my body. I went exploring and got curious as to how I could help myself heal.
An important reason why Zandi was founded, to help those who want to help themselves to health and wellness from within.
Without the pain from Chronic Inflammation I feel like I have a new lease on life, in fact so much so I have decided to climb the 7 highest mountains on the 7 highest continents (yes including Everest) and join the 7 Summits Club. Something I would never have committed to prior to healing from my inflammation.
Zandi's products were born from their ingredients ability to ease inflammation and improve gut health.
So what is inflammation?
Firstly though not all inflammation is bad, there's inflammation then there's chronic inflammation.
Inflammation is a natural healing response within the body. It's the immune response your body uses to heal after an injury, defend against viruses and bacteria and to repair damaged tissue. This we like.
However prolonged or Chronic Inflammation is very problematic and plays a role in fuelling some chronic diseases. This we don't like.
What can it lead to?
Chronic Inflammation when left unchecked may lead to arthritis, heart disease (according to the Mayo Clinic), lung problems including asthma, increased bone loss and lack of bone growth (Journal of Endocrinology), depression, anger and even cancer, although with the myriad of elements surrounding the causes of cancer this one is yet to be confirmed.
Cancer Research UK found that immune cells attack fledgling tumors in an inflammatory response. These immune cells infiltrate the tumor, but instead of killing it, the tumor uses the nutrients and oxygen that are part of the inflammatory response to grow. Which may mean inflammation fuels cancer growth!
To top it all off if your gut is inflamed, this can decrease the absorption of nutrients that your body may need, especially those important to bone health, like calcium and vitamin D.
How do I know if I have chronic inflammation?
So what are the symptoms to watch out for? Imagine a bush fire raging inside of your body that never burns out. That's a fairly accurate description for me, however here's our top 5 symptoms inflammation for you to tune into;
According to Dr Kellyann Petrucci 'fat cells in the abdomen churn out inflammatory chemicals—and the more belly fat you have, the more of these chemicals they create.'
Tired all the time
Wake up tired, afternoon slump, no energy for the evening and then to bed early. If this sounds familiar - inflammation could be the culprit. Inflamed cells do not produce the same levels of energy as their not inflamed counterparts, which means you physically won't find the energy you need to simply get through the day.
If your experiencing brain fog, anxiety, nervousness, depression or just generally feeling mentally down or sluggigh for no particular reason consider it may be inflammation.
Inflammation has been found to alter your brain chemistry, changing how you think and feel.
All health stems from your gut, so if you're gut isn't in fine form then neither is your body. In fact one of the leading causes of body-wide inflammation is from the toxins that are allowed to escape when you are experiencing a leaky gut.
Allergies and skin problems
Hayfever, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy skin and psoriasis are all indicators of internal inflammation. If these are persistent your body may be constantly inflamed.
Even baggy or puffy eyes can be indicative of the fire within.
If you suspect your suffering from chronic inflammation it's definitely worth asking your doctor to measure your level of C-reactive protein, a marker to indicate your levels of inflammation.
What can I do about possible inflammation now I know?
Be the change your body needs.
Begin by heavily reducing or cutting out completely highly inflammatory foods such as red meat, dairy, grains, refined sugars and alcohol. I hear you saying "That's everything I LOVE!". Start small, take your time, begin to 'crowd out' the inflammatory foods by bulking up the less inflammatory foods.
Begin including way more alkalising greens such as spinach, green supplements, matcha and more, plus health fats such as avocados and olive oil. Other really great dietary inclusions include oats, brocolli, watermelon, walnuts, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, just go nuts for nuts in general, onions and berries of all types.
Supplement your new healthier diet with some awesome herbal sidekicks such as these recommended by LiveScience;
- Cat's claw: This herb may ease rheumatoid arthritis joint pain and osteoarthritis knee pain, but more studies are needed, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Turmeric: This spice is well known for its anti-inflammatory compounds, called curcuminoids, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
- Frankincense: This is a well-known anti-inflammatory used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. It helps prevent chemical reactions involved in inflammation.
- Willow bark: This supplement can ease pain and inflammation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. It contains salicin, a chemical similar to that in aspirin. Aspirin actually contains a chemically synthesized version of willow bark’s salicin.
Our Signature Gold Blend contains Turmeric with an array of spices that contain ingredients that have been found to assist with inflammation. Check out whether it might be right for you at our Turmeric Latte Blend information page.
At Zandi Organics we value self-care and nourishment to experience the luxury of wellness from within whether you are on the run, enjoying the company of good friends or cuddled up somewhere cozy. Our blends empower you to be responsible for your health whilst helping you feel loved, cared for and powerful.
This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant to offer medical advice.