Many factors, including stress, emotions, diet and lifestyle, contribute to inflammation.
- Stress causes an increased output of cortisol from the adrenal glands which fuels inflammation.
- Lack of sleep places a stress on the body and an increase in cortisol
- Too much fat, sugar, protein, processed and junk foods, sodas and caffeine
- An imbalance of organisms in your gut causes your immune system to overreact.
- Toxins from food, water, your environment and personal care products
- Food sensitivity or intolerance and food allergies cause low-grade inflammation
- Leaky gut – an increase in the permeability of the intestinal lining can result in toxins leaking from the bowel resulting in inflammation.
- Obesity – the fatty tissues of the body secrete hormones that regulate the immune system and inflammation, but in the case of an overweight individual this can become out of control.
- Dehydration makes inflammation worse