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Inflammation Part 2

Inflammation Part 2

Aug 23, 2018

Last month, I shared what inflammation is. This month, I want to talk about what causes it and how to reduce it.

There are a few well-known foods that cause inflammation:

  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Alcohol
  • Eggs

Keep in mind that not all of these foods affect everyone the same way. This is where inflammation gets tricky.

As I mentioned last month, feeling bloated is a sign of the beginning stages of inflammation. There are other symptoms as well, including:

  • Skin rash
  • Itchiness
  • Hot flashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling anxious
  • Mood swings
  • Sleepiness
  • Brain fog
  • Lack of energy

Paying close attention to how your body reacts after eating certain type of foods is crucial to identifying if you have sensitivity to them.  Keep track of what you eat and any symptoms you experience. If you experience any of the above symptoms, it means there is some level of sensitivity and a potential inflammation problem.

In addition to food reactions, one of the most common inflammatory products is one that our bodies produce. It is a hormone called “Cortisol”, which many of you are familiar with. .

Cortisol is a very powerful hormone that gets released by the adrenal glands when we are in survival mode which happens on a daily basis.  It’s what we call “Stress”.  This hormone gets released often throughout our body during the day, any time we go to survival mode. Cortisol causes all kind of problems, from a vulnerable immune system, auto-immune diseases, cancer, being overweight, heart attacks and stroke, you name it.

If you feel you are struggling with stress and need tools to go back to your center and regain your power, don’t hesitate to email or call me for more personal advice. Below are some tools you can start using today to fight stress wherever you are.  Practice the things that make you happy as often as you can:

  • Call your BFF to vent
  • Kiss or hug your loved ones
  • Paint
  • Write
  • Sew
  • Sing
  • Dance
  • Exercise
  • Meditate (that’s my go-to)
  • Walk in nature (that’s my favorite)
  • Take a 15 minute nap

Doing these simple things will activate your parasympathetic nervous system which will help deactivate the sympathetic nervous system which is the nervous system that gets active when we are in survival mode or stress.  Use these tools on a daily basis to turn off the switch to stress.

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Gemi Bertran

CEO & Founder

Nourish the Brain

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Inflammation Part 1

Inflammation Part 1

Jul 24, 2018

We frequently hear the word “inflammation.” Do we really know what it means?

Often, we don’t.

We have an overall idea, but we can’t picture it inside our body because the type of inflammation we see it’s usually on our skin. Beyond that, we label it with another name or diagnosis.

Inflammation starts in an specific area of your body. It gets irritated, at first, due to external or internal agents causing  swelling in that part, redness, irritability and in some cases mucus or bleeding, depending where the inflammation takes place.

Every imbalance, illness, or unusual sensation in our body belongs to an inflammatory response. Inflammation is the way our body is telling us, “I am getting sick, take care of me.”

We do not “listen” what our body has to say for different reasons, here are some:

  • We are busy.
  • We are disconnected from our nature
  • We assume being uncomfortable is normal.
  • We can even make pain into a way of living just because we get used to it.

I truly believe our body is designed to function at ultimate health on its own, we just get in the way. How?

Well, we have a particular way of doing basic things unnaturally:

  • The way we are eating.
  • Sleeping deprivation.
  • Negative thinking.
  • Spend more hours facing a screen than anything else.
  • Over-medicating.
  • Breathing polluted air.
  • Using chemicals on our skin.
  • …and the worse of all, we live in constant stress.

We ignore the signals our body sends such, for example:

We eat something, let’s say pizza and we feel bloated, uncomfortable and the digestion takes hours to process. We even have to undo our pants button. In spite of all of that most, certainly we will eat pizza again and again…

That state is inflammation. Being bloated is not normal or good. That is the first sign we need to listen, our body is not happy with pizza!

If we persist with eating pizza, most likely the bloating will turn persistent. That is inflammation.

Inflammation causes all kind of unbalances and problems in our gut causing very unpleasant side effects such as:

  • We gain weight
  • We get gassy
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation

Learning how to listen to our body is very important.

Our body is a perfect machine that is capable of performing at very high levels when it’s well taken care of…or absolutely the opposite when not. Your choice, what’s going to be for you?

Stay tuned next month for more about inflammation. What causes it? How can you reduce it?

Book a Call with Gemi Today!

You’re feeling ready to find out how your life could be improved with health insights that are specialized for your own brain, body, and lifestyle. Gemi will push the envelope, and ask the questions to get you out of your comfort zone, in a good way.  What are you waiting for?

Gemi Bertran

CEO & Founder

Nourish the Brain

Clients who get the most from Gemi’s Health Coaching Programs are looking to create balance in their lives with a much needed reset.  They are tired of diets that fall short,  and are motivated to make real changes that will produce visible results. On a deeper level, they are equally motivated to find the hidden paths to clearer thinking.

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