Inflammation and Stress with Reconnect Nutrition & Wellness By. Caitlin Atfield
Inflammation in the body has been shown to be caused by different forms of stress – even psychological stress. When we feel challenged or threatened – the body releases stress hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine – this is the classic “fight-or-flight” response happening. This in not necessarily a bad thing, it can help us to focus on the task at hand or save us from a dangerous situation etc, but when our bodies are in this state constantly – than it can become a problem and wreak havoc on our bodies.
The more stress we are under and with society now a days, it seems like everyone is living under more and more stress, our cortisol levels are affected. Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, will increase and dampens the ability to regulate inflammation.
Other ways to help combat stress:
● Meditating on a regular basis
● Talking about your problems with family and friends
● Eating well and drinking plenty of water
● Getting enough sleep
● Taking regular vacations or other breaks from work
● Engaging in relaxing hobbies, such as gardening, playing music and creating art
Smoothies are a great way to add extra nutrients and protein to your daily deit.
They are perfect for an on- go snack also!
This smoothie recipe will help to reduce inflammation caused by stress!
Turmeric contains a biologically active polyphenolic compound called curcumin. This is high in antioxidants and it’s a strong fighter against inflammation. It’s also been shown to positively affect the body, brain, and certain diseases.
Pineapples contain bromelain, a unique enzyme that has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer effects.
Strawberries are naturally low in sugar and have more vitamin C per serving than an orange. Vitamin C can lower risk of gout, high blood pressure, and cholesterol problems. They also lower the C-reactive protein (CRP), a measure of body-wide inflammation.