What Is Inflammation And How To Get Rid Of It.

What Is Inflammation And How To Get Rid Of It.

What Is Inflammation And How To Get Rid Of It

Inflammation is a trending topic in the health & wellness world lately, and for good reason.

You may be hearing it from your doctor, a family member, a colleague, but let’s clear up what it is, how to recognize it and what to do about it.  

According to LiveScience, “inflammation is a vital part of the immune system's response to injury and infection. It is the body's way of signalling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.”

Sounds like a pretty beneficial and necessary physiological process, right? So, is there actually a downside to inflammation?

Yes! The downside is when inflammation becomes widespread and unrelenting in the body.

However, there’s a pretty big difference between acute inflammation, as described above, and the more detrimental, disease-promoting type of chronic inflammation.

Stress and Your Adrenals- What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

Stress and Your Adrenals- What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

Stress and Your Adrenals- What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep?

These are all common complaints from my clients, so maybe you have these problems too.

All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And, since your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, adrenal fatigue (or “HPA Axis Dysregulation,”) is a popular theme lately.

Your adrenal glands look like walnuts that live on top of both of your kidneys. These important glands produce many hormones, including stress hormones.

But what happens when they become “overworked?”

You’ve heard of “adrenaline junkies,” right?

Adrenaline and cortisol are the stress hormones that give you the commonly known adrenaline rush; when you're totally alert and living in the moment. This feeling is known as your body's "fight or flight" response.

Some people (perhaps you?) just love that intense feeling.

The release of hormones in the fight or flight response is your body's normal reaction to stress.  Stress can sometimes be positive, like when it helps you swerve and prevent a crash.

After a short time, the flight or flight response dissipates, your body goes back to normal, and all is good. 

But what would happen if you felt constant stress? Like all day, every day? Like “chronic” stress?

Healthy Summer BBQ Meals

Healthy Summer BBQ Meals

Healthy Summer BBQ Meals

Dining outside on a warm summer night is one of my favorite parts of the season - from picnics at the park to big backyard barbecue gatherings, many memories are made as we gather around a table to enjoy a meal alfresco. 

Unfortunately, much of what we put out on the grill isn't so good for us.  If you're looking to host an outdoor barbecue with healthier options than the typical hot dogs, hamburgers, and ribs - take a look below for some tasty yet healthy suggestions.