After years of psychology practice and dealing with thoughts and feelings, I’m diving into understanding health from the neck down. I guess more accurately, I’m understanding that our thoughts and feelings have a lot to do with our general health and aren’t simply isolated between our ears.
There’s a lot of talk about “inflammation,” these days. An inflammatory response in the body is its attempt to bring healing to what is out of balance. For example, when you cut your finger, it becomes red and swollen. Fluids go to the area to bring protection and remedies to prevent infection.
Unfortunately, we’re giving our bodies too much to do these days. A combination of stress and toxins does a real number on inflammatory responses within the body, so much so that the inflammation itself becomes a problem.
Here are some symptoms that we suffer as members of “Inflammation Nation:”
- Digestive distress
- Constant anxiety and mood issues
- Compromised immunity
- Low blood sugar
- Insulin resistance
- Hormonal imbalances
- Sleep disturbances
What are the causes?
- Chronic stress with inadequate coping strategies
- Ingesting and inhaling toxins
- Allergies and sensitivities (food and environmental)
- Genetically modified foods that the body doesn’t recognize.
We’ve all been exposed to these factoids via the media, In our rush to live a life, we haven’t developed individualized plans that address the needs of our stressed out earth-suits. Our bodies will do their very best to send signals that things aren’t working at 100%. We will interpret what is culminating as situational rather than signposts pointing in a troubling direction.
What to do?
- Get detailed blood work focusing on body imbalances
- Develop a prescriptive program that gets you centered, including diet, exercise and coping tools.
- Focus on causes, not just quieting symptoms
Rosanne Bostonian, Ph.D., RMT
The contents of this writing are intended for general information purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or opinion in any specific facts or circumstances. If you have any questions, please email me.