If you have a thyroid problem and/or autoimmune disease, you have inflammation in your body.
The photo above is of the massively destructive forest fires here in Colorado this past summer. Scary, huh? Think about this same kind of experience going on in your body every minute, destroying your landscape and beauty from the inside out. Scarier, huh?
Good News: Inflammation in the body is a normal and healthy response to injury or attack by germs. We can see it, feel it and measure it as local heat, redness, swelling, and pain. This is the body’s way of getting more nourishment and more immune activity into an area that needs to fend off infection or heal.
Bad News: Inflammation in the body also has great destructive potential, which we see when the immune system mistakenly targets the body’s own tissues in (autoimmune) diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and thyroid dysfunction. Your body literally attacks itself. You have inflammation in your body right now, burning up the landscape.
Whole-body inflammation refers to chronic, imperceptible, low-level inflammation. Mounting evidence suggests that over time this kind of inflammation sets the foundation for many serious, age-related diseases including heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Recent evidence indicates that whole-body inflammation may also contribute to psychological disorders, especially depression.
HOW DO WE GET INFLAMMATION?
The extent of this chronic inflammation is influenced by
- a sedentary lifestyle,
- too much stress,
- and exposure to environmental toxins such as secondhand tobacco smoke.
- Diet has a huge impact, so much so that most people in our part of the world go through life in a pro-inflammatory state as a result of what they eat. The worst of it is, they think it’s “normal.”
INFLAMMATION IS NOT “NORMAL”
KEY: The single most important thing you can do to counter chronic inflammation is to stop eating refined, processed and manufactured foods.
You can also try my Thyroid Clean Diet, as illustrated by my five pillar Food Rectangle in Get Your Life Back! Reset Your Thyroid Health Manual and/or Home Study Course. This isn’t a weight-loss diet (though you can lose weight if you follow it). Instead, it is designed to help you reduce chronic inflammation by eating fresh, healthy and delicious foods while rebuilding your thyroid, body and brain health.
HOW TO STOP INFLAMMATION FROM DESTROYING YOUR HEALTH: OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
One of the most important things the diet does is provide balanced amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Most people consume an excess of omega-6 fatty acids, which the body uses to synthesize compounds that promote inflammation. You get a lot of omega 6 fatty acids from snack foods and fast foods. Omega-3 fatty acids – from oily fish, walnuts, flax, hemp and to a lesser degree and sea vegetables – have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Along with influencing inflammation, this Clean Diet will provide steady energy and ample vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, and protective phytonutrients. What’s more, I think you’ll enjoy it.
WHY YOUR THYROID DIET IS GOOD FOR YOUR WHOLE FAMILY TOO
Eating a “Clean Diet” is great for everyone in your life. They’ll all experience better health, less illness and physical pain symptoms, weight loss and more. Get them all on board and enjoy a healthy, happy family!