Inflammation is the root, and not the many other “symptoms” we have been told are the cause of any number of physical problems. For instance the pharmaceutical companies would have us believe elevated LDL cholesterol – the “bad” cholesterol – is what causes heart disease. In actuality God didn’t put anything into our bodies that isn’t necessary. That’s true of tonsils and appendixes and it’s true of cholesterol.
Cholesterol is critical for health. In fact without it we would die! LDL and HDL are different types of cholesterol with different actions in our bodies but neither is “bad.” When we experience inflammation from smoking, over exercising (yes there is such a thing!), eating wrong foods like sugar and processed garbage, carrying an extra 20 or more pounds, dealing with a difficult boss or stressful home situation it affects our physical body. It will cause the inside of arteries to be damaged so they become rough. Your Intelligently created body sends out LDL cholesterol to act as a sort of bandage covering the rough spot so it can heal and your blood can flow smoothly.
Well if that happens all the time – which in our stressful world it is for many of us – and your body has to constantly send out that healing LDL to cover these areas of damage, after a period of time, there will be so much of it built up that it will now narrow the artery and that’s where the blood can have trouble flowing. It is not because of the cholesterol per se – it is because of the inflammation.
Well as this article explains, research is now revealing that chronic inflammation appears to be a significant underlying factor causing symptoms of depression, and keeping inflammation in check is an important part of an effective treatment plan.
According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, depressive symptoms can be viewed as downstream manifestations of inflammation:
“The source itself may be singularly or multiply-focused as stress, dietary and toxic exposures, and infection… Inflammation appears to be a highly relevant determinant of depressive symptoms such as flat mood, slowed thinking, avoidance, alterations in perception, and metabolic changes.”
Inflammation comes from a multitude of sources and we are all impacted by it whether we realize it or not. When it comes to our mood and brain health, you may not realize how closely it is tied to our digestive or gut health! Research suggests the primary cause of inflammation may be dysfunction of the “gut-brain axis.” Our gut is called our second brain and that is exactly what it is. It contains more of the neurotransmitter, serotonin, which is our feel good brain chemical. So, probably the best and first thing to do to lower inflammation and improve overall health and mood is to clean up your diet and optimize gut bacteria.
Did you realize what a huge part inflammation and specifically your gut health plays in your mood and brain health?
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